Gilgamesh and Enkidu Character Building Plot Essay

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Gilgamesh and Enkidu Character Building Plot Gilgamesh and Enkidu: Character Building Plot

The creation of an intriguing plot must involve at least one major character whose own actions and external interactions dictate his or her development. External interactions between round characters, static characters, and environmental or supernatural activities, within the plot affect the decisions of the major character, providing the foundation for the story line to proceed. These decisions also mold the character’s thoughts, values and will, thereby, influencing future choices. Through this pattern of cause and effect, an author can sculpt a character in anyway he or she desires. This character building and story telling technique is
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Instead of complaining about Gilgamesh’s faults, their praise and loyalty become more frequent, such as the town’s celebration following Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s defeat of the mighty Humbaba.

Most importantly, Enkidu’s companionship serves only to unfold future events for which Gilgamesh’s character can develop. Perhaps Enkidu’s greatest effect on Gilgamesh’s character occurs with his death. This loss of companionship shows the reader the actual evolution of Gilgamesh since the beginning of the story, while continuing to pave the road for future development. Up to the death of his only friend, Gilgamesh thought of himself as invincible and immortal. With Enkidu’s demise, Gilgamesh falls into a state of misery and realization. Instead of returning to his old selfish ways, his agonizing sorrow and newfound recognition of mortality send him on a new quest to defeat fate. He states “How can I rest, how can I be at peace? Despair is in my heart. What my brother is now, that shall I be when I am dead. Because I am afraid of death I shall go as best I can to find Utnapishtim…for he has entered the assembly of the gods.” This journey ultimately leads to the failure of Gilgamesh in his journey to defeat his fate, yet befalls upon him a sense of humility and acceptance of his destiny. Although many other factors contribute to Gilgamesh’s development, the author uses his best friend Enkidu to mold a selfish and brazen ruler into

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