Essay on Review Of ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh '

2146 Words Sep 23rd, 2014 9 Pages
The Epic of Gilgamesh is (hold on to your seat here) mostly about Gilgamesh. However, he had a side kick, Enkidu. Enkidu wasn’t born, He was placed on the earth as a pawn to compete with the great king of Uruk, Gilgamesh. Enkidu was described like the modern day Sasquatch: big, hairy, and strong. He was created as part man and part animal. He was a wild creature and had the power of dozens of animals. This made him the guardian of the forest and its animals that inhabited it. Although Enkidu was very powerful, he lacked humane qualities.
Enkidu began his literary life when the gods heard the complaints that the king of Uruk, Gilgamesh, had been taking advantage of his power. They instructed Aruru to create somebody who was equal in strength and to act as a counterforce to Gilgamesh. She then took some clay, moistened it with her spit, and formed Enkidu. Just as Gilgamesh was, Enkidu was strong and god like. He acted as the protector of the animals and lived the beginning of his life in the wilderness and knew nothing of the civilized world. He lived as one of the wild animals, running with them and eating what they ate.
One day a trapper saw Enkidu at a watering hole. His appearance was frightening and looked nothing like a person. He was big and covered in hair. When the trapper returned home, he told his father that he had seen a wild man. The trapper’s father told him to go to Uruk and ask Gilgamesh to lend him a prostitute from the temple of Ishtar to tame Enkidu.…

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