The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Gilgamesh Essay

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Throughout the epic of Gilgamesh the theme of man vs. nature is extensively explored through the characters Enkidu and Gilgamesh. At the start of the epic, Enkidu represents the wild, and Gilgamesh represents the civilized man. However, Enkidu finds himself becoming civilized through his sexuality with the harlot Shamhat, along with his newfound friendship with Gilgamesh. Once Enkidu becomes somewhat civilized, he is no longer welcome among the animals. This transition is meant to praise civilization, portraying it conquering the wild in Enkidu. While Enkidu and Gilgamesh become friends, the conflict between man and nature is not resolved. Both characters still end up battling with internal man vs. wild conflicts along with external man vs. wild conflicts. This man vs. wild conflicts lead to the death of Enkidu and Gilgamesh’s crisis with mortality. For a while, man may beat the wild, but as the epic of Gilgamesh proves, the wild will ultimately prevail. Enkidu came into life as a feral man in the wild. He was created by the god Aruru to be a match for Gilgamesh. While Gilgamesh is ⅔ god and ⅓ man, Enkidu is ⅔ beast and ⅓ man. He is widely accepted by the animals of the forest and acts as the symbol for the wild. Gilgamesh, on the other hand, is his opposite. Gilgamesh is the symbol for civilization. As soon as Enkidu is discovered by the hunter, he is recognized as something special. When Gilgamesh hears of Enkidu, he commands the hunter to “take with [him] Shamhat the…

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