Enkidu's Lesson In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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A wild man was created for Gilgamesh. He was called Enkidu and the king quickly found solace and company in him. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh realizes that he too, is mortal. He goes on a quest for everlasting life and learns that he can not complete every task he sets for himself. The lessons he learns from these adventures should make him a better king. Whether he becomes better, is up for discussion. In history, tyrants are usually overthrown, killed, or both. Gilgamesh was lucky he was not executed for his crimes towards his people. In the text, the God Anu says of him, “'A savage wild bull you have bred in Uruk-the-Sheepfold, he has no equal when his weapons are brandished`”(4) The people of Uruk grew tired of his tyranny. When Enkidu was created for him, the first thing the two did was fight. Afterwards, they became quick friends and set off on an adventure. After the pair defeat Ishtar’s bull in tablet VI, the goddess demands for one of them to die. Enlil chooses Enkidu and makes him sick. He suffers for twelve days before speaking his final laments. When he finally dies, Gilgamesh is a mess. He makes a big speech about how much Enkidu will be missed, he tears out his hair and is just rocked with grief. Gilgamesh learns that everyone dies.
After his speech Gilgamesh says, “'I am afraid of
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It is assumed that he learned from his experiences. The truth is, there is not a way to know. To think he would be better and more understanding, would not be hard to imagine. Gilgamesh went through a lot. He lost a close friend and then lost the only other thing precious to him: everlasting life. These situations either made him a really great king, or a really bad one. He could have went back to Uruk and been a worse king than before. His quests could have made him more resentful to his people due to their relationships and their youth. This outcome is just as possible as the first

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