The Epic of Gilgamesh Essay
In the last section of the Epic of Gilgamesh, titled “The Return”, the character Utnapishtim is instructing Gilgamesh how to find the plant of immortality. His wisdom and knowledge is the reason Gilgamesh finds the plant. Utnapishtim tells Gilgamesh “There is a plant that grows under the water, it has a prickle like a thorn, like a rose; it will wound your hand, but if you succeed in taking it, then your hands will hold that which restores his lost youth to man.” (Sandars 31). Since he is immortal himself, Utnapishtim knows where to find this plant. He is also wise because he knows that Gilgamesh, even though he is two- thirds god, will not become immortal. Gilgamesh is not destined to live forever, and will eventually die.
The god Ea shows compassion towards Utnapishtim during the story of the flood. Enlil, supreme among all the gods in the epic, was disturbed by the loudness of the people on earth. He was determined to punish them by exterminating them. He addressed the other gods, who agreed with his plan, with one exception. The god Ea