Essay on The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Gilgamesh

874 Words Apr 30th, 2015 4 Pages
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story of how two best friends are brought together to balance each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The story focuses on the main theme friendship and the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. In the epic, the theme of friendship is the core to the story. The powerful friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is one of the most important factors from beginning to end of the story. At the beginning of the epic, Gilgamesh is a civilized character of excessive pride. He thinks he can do anything and does not acknowledge the possibility of death. He thinks that if he dies doing something extravagant, that people will remember him forever, and to Gilgamesh, this is the equivalent to living forever. However, when Enkidu arrives in Uruk, Gilgamesh is challenged to become a better man and realize that everyone is not immortal. Enkidu reflects the natural world and is created to balance the ways of Gilgamesh. On his journey to Uruk, Enkidu is slowly introduced to the civilized world. Even so, Enkidu is the factor that led Gilgamesh to his realization. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh is torn by the loss of his friend. The two friends were so close that, when Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh has basically lost a part of himself. They were mentors for each other and both of the men changed to balance each other out. Gilgamesh went from mourning the death of his friend to essentially worrying about his own death. It is when Gilgamesh see a maggot fall from the late…

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