Gilgamesh and Enkidu: The Manifestation of Death's Inevitability through Companionship

1396 Words 6 Pages
As Gilgamesh attempts to establish personal significance, he finds himself lacking the understanding of how his own existence is situated between the psychosocial fabric of humanity. This is, of course, the nature of his disposition: his physical composition is figurative of his own enmeshment. Until his exposure to Enkidu, Gilgamesh projects the confused perspective and personal significance, of his compositionally disproportionate man/God-liness. Gilgamesh is trying to figure himself out by taking on the world around him. He is thus confused by inherent discrepancy of his antithetical perspectives (Immortal vs. mortal), and the inability to see the world through an outside perspective entirely. This new perspective is afforded by …show more content…
Shamhat’s sexual offerings cause Enkidu to be rejected by the animal world which raised him. The “watery hole” by which Enkidu shows his weakness (the desire for the feminine) defines Enkidu’s mortal condition. He is “exiled” from the animal world by showing this personal flaw: a weakness which pushes him from the world of the animal/survival world and into the world of Gilgamesh. A world in which either characters understanding of the other will further Gilgamesh’s comprehension of deaths significance to the human condition. Enkidu’s death is the first point at which Gilgamesh sees his companion as equal. “Why should you be so condemned and why should I go right on living?” (Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet VII, Column I, Line 11/2). Gilgamesh acknowledges the significance of this loss by readily admitting that they share and equal right to life. In understanding that Enkidu will die, Gilgamesh undergoes an unearthing of his godly self-mindedness. With Enkidu’s death, so till will a part of Gilgamesh be lost. And, once Gilgamesh observes that even someone so strong his companion shows the fatal flaw of the human condition, so too will Gilgamesh appreciate his own fate. Until Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh is overpowered by his godlier half. All things are possible, and the significance of life is only defined by the perspective of the individual who imposes and projects significance over his or her reality. The openness Gilgamesh shares with

Related Documents