Importance Of Friendship In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Importance of Friendship The epic of Gilgamesh fulfills the requirements of an epic by being consistently relevant to a human society and has specific themes of immortality, friendship, and grief. Gilgamesh was a tyrant king of Uruk, who took whatever appealed to him, oppressed the people, made every young man into a soldier and took the virginities of noble men’s wives. The beginning of the epic painted Gilgamesh as more of a god-like being and also an oppressor that no one could confront. There is a twist later in the story, where Gilgamesh was transformed into a better person with the help of another god-like character, Enkidu. The most vital structure of the very first event of The Epic of Gilgamesh is the foundation of the …show more content…
Enkidu helped channel his extra energy into various activities like hunting down Humbaba. The killing of Humbaba was the biggest mistake they ever did as friends because the gods decided somebody had to suffer the consequences of their actions and they chose Enkidu. Enkidu was later sentenced to death. His death was what drove Gilgamesh into his search for immortality because he didn 't want to end up like his friend and also because he could have prevented his best friend’s death with the key to …show more content…
People criticizing his tyrant ruling brought about Enkidu, who brought about friendship, which also brought the fear of death after the death of Enkidu, and later helped Gilgamesh reach satisfaction of all his deeds. Utnapistim and Siduri from the Old Babylonian version and the Eleven-Tablet version respectively, helped him realize that he couldn 't attain his goal of immortality, but instead should accept his humanity and his achievements (Abusch 01). According to Ziolkowski, there was a sexual tension between them, although no sexual relationship was ever recorded. Despite the “lure of sex” that Ziolkowski referred to, I believe that their friendship was just so strong and was filled with trust and loyalty. They were, of course, soul siblings so they had an eternal bond with each

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