The Epic Of Gilgamesh Essay

1169 Words Feb 17th, 2015 null Page
There are many characteristics that make a person human. Pride, compassion, friendship, sickness, overcoming of a conflict, fear, and the ultimate fear, death. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, some of these characteristics are inferred as to what makes a person a mortal human being. These characteristics are what separate the immortal from the mortal. The compassion Gilgamesh feels towards the people of Uruk prevented him from obtaining eternal life. The fear and loneliness Gilgamesh feels after losing his closest friend Enkidu. Compassion, fear of death, companionship, sickness, loneliness, and religion. These are the qualities portrayed in the Epic of Gilgamesh that makes a person human.
One of the first human qualities seen in the Epic of Gilgamesh is religion and acceptance. In all life cultures, there is a deity or supernatural force that the culture believes in. This belief provides acceptance and fulfillment of life. In the epic, Enkidu is a wild man knowing nothing about the gods or were he came from. He was eventually bedded by Shamhat and that became a turning point in his life. He wasn’t the wild man he once was. He felt more human than he ever had before. He took consoling from Shamhat because he was unsure where to go next. She tells him about all the glory and acceptance he will find in the city of Uruk. She also tells him about the terrible and strong Gilgamesh. When Enkidu hears about Gilgamesh, he realizes he has a longing desire for friendship.…

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