Review Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

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The Epic of Gilgamesh was written between c.2150-1400 BCE in the ancient city of Mesopotamia meaning “between two rivers”. The epic is also considered one of the worlds first great works of literature. From the beginning to the end of the epic, many themes are expressed through the text, but one in particular that stands out is the effect of civilization on humanity. The effect of civilization on humanity was a reoccurring theme in the story in regards to one of the main characters, Enkidu. Throughout the epic, many questions arise around the idea of civilization, is civilization a good thing, or is it bad, what is gained though civilization or what is lost? All these questions in regard to epic shed light on the true relationship between civilization and Enkidu. Though there might be some negatives that come with civilization, the positives outweigh the negatives. To understand the true effects of civilization, we must understand and analyze Enkidu when he was in his purist, most innocent form. To begin, at the start of the epic, Enkidu is the hero of nature and is compared to Gilgamesh as the shorter but broader version of the mighty king. Enkidu was created by Ninurta (the god of war and hunting), Enkidu is very hairy, strong and mighty like a rock in the sky. He lives and runs with the animals, drinks from the same watering hole as they do, he even eats the same grass that the gazelles eat. Enkidu was the protector of nature and kept everything in balance, “He fills in…

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