Review Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

781 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Friendship. It’s only a mere word, but it is a complex relationship that continues to develop and grow overtime. Enkidu and Gilgamesh, are two people who you could never picture to be friends, however, their friendship is a very dynamic one. Enkidu becomes Gilgamesh’s compliment; a person to balance him out, and in a way is a realization to Gilgamesh that he is not the only person with extreme power. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, we see Gilgamesh as a person of arrogance, lacking morality and someone who is self-centered. He is a powerful man who acts to better himself rather than the people of Uruk. We see Enkidu as “ignorant of oldness, he ran with the animals” (6), as a protector of nature, who was more animal-like than god-like. To be human, is to be self-aware, of your surroundings and your own emotions. Enkidu begins to loose his animalistic behaviors and his need to protect nature. We see two characters; those who seem to be very different on the surface but are they really that different? As cliché as it is, it is true that opposites attract, and though they may seem to be very different they are able to balance each other out. As men they both have the same desires, and both have a strong sense of masculinity and sexuality. Both of their innate nature to endure in violence, seals their friendship. When called to Uruk, Enkidu’s mission was to engage in violence with Gilgamesh, not to befriend him. The people saw Enkidu and believed “he looked like…

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