The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Gilgamesh Essay

1435 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The Epic of Gilgamesh, explores the relationship between death and immortalization through the series of stories that Gilgamesh, King of Mesopotamia experiences. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh meets Enkidu, a powerful half man half beast hybrid whom is his equal in strength. Gilgamesh and Enkidu become close friends and one day, Gilgamesh mentions a demon monster named Humbaba whom “dwells in the forest” and suggests to Enkidu “you and I shall kill him and wipe out something evil from the land” (110). By causing Humbaba’s death, Gilgamesh and Enkidu successfully purge evil from the land, and in this case death functions completely as one initially expects it to function; by killing an evil being, its evil influence ends. Later in the story, Enkidu falls victim to a curse of illness from the Gods as punishment for later killing the Bull of Heaven with Gilgamesh. After Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh asks himself “Shall I not die too? Am I not like Enkidu?” and in search for immortality, declares “Having come this far, I will go on swiftly towards Utanapishtim, son of Ubar Tutu” (134). Utanapishtim is the only known immortal human, and Gilgamesh hopes to find the key to immortality by meeting him. Gilgamesh’s goal throughout the whole story is to “establish eternal fame” through immortalization (111). In order to become immortalized, Gilgamesh seeks immortality. Immortality functions completely as expected; by avoiding death itself, one becomes immortalized and can continue to be…

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