The Epic Of Gilgamesh : The Struggle Between Civilization And The Wilderness

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem that involves ideas about extreme topics such as death, adventure, and friendship but all those are only details that link up to one great idea that is very important to the poem and that idea is the struggle between civilization and the wilderness. The Epic of Gilgamesh demonstrates the struggle between wilderness and civilization by the use of characters and setting. The poem begins with uncertainty to what the outcome of this struggle will conclude, but the ending shows that the message is that humans belong in a civilization.
In the beginning of the poem, Enkidu was used to represent only the wilderness. He interacted only with animals and the poem indicates that the animals perceived Enkidu as their equal; they thought of him to be one of them. One part of a passage showcases Enkidu’s beast mentality by describing Enkidu as an “offspring of the mountains, who eats grasses with the gazelles, came to drink at the watering hole with the animals, with the wild beasts he slaked his thirst with water” First, this quote removes Enkidu’s link between him and a family by saying “offspring of the mountains”. The audience begins to understand that this life is the only life that Enkidu knows and that he isn’t connected to any other humans. Next, it lists things and ways of living that most humans would never dream of participating in. We only associate the behaviors the speaker listed with animals. Enkidu’s beginning presence of the poem…

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