The Poem ' The Epic Of Gilgamesh ' Essay

734 Words Dec 13th, 2015 3 Pages
The retold poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, was written in the third millennium B.C. (7) during the time of Mesopotamia. Unknowingly discovered on clay tablets located in Nineveh (modern day Iraq) by Englishman Austen Henry Layard (9), the poem expresses the tale of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, and his experiences before the day of the flood (61). The epic includes a prologue, describing how king Gilgamesh was created by the gods:Shamash, endowing him with beauty, Adad, endowing him with courage, and the great gods endowing him with perfection. The gods describe him as two thirds god, and one third man (61). In the first section AFTER THE PROLOGUE, Gilgamesh’s power is described as evil and forced, as he choosingly rapes women, rampages through Uruk, and“sounds the tocsin for his amusement, [since] his arrogance has no bounds by day or night” (62). The gods are worried by his actions toward the city, and decide to create Enkidu, an equal second self of Gilgamesh, to calm down Uruk (62). After Enkidu is freed from his life as a wild beast, he finally meets Gilgamesh. Enkidu tries to stop him from entering a marriage-house to begin intimate relations with a bride, with the two resulting in a brawl. They eventually end the fight and shake hands, eternally sealing their friendship (69). The adventures before the flood show the reader the powerful relationship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh, primarily because of their equal self. While the killing of Humbaba does not affect the men’s…

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