The Epic of Gilgamesh is an fascinating mesopotamian epic that dates back to ancient years. The story focuses on a King by the name of Gilgamesh King of Uruk, two thirds god and one third man. Gilgamesh does not fulfill his leadership expectations, he comes off as an arrogant , ignorant man who is full of himself. He rapes any woman his heart desires. This leads to the gods becoming infuriated with him. The gods are represented as these hard to please inferior beings. Seeking revenge the gods send down Enkidu who was initially imposed to keep Gilgamesh in check. Gilgamesh and Enkido ironically become great friends. When Enkido does (a death imposed by the gods) Gilgamesh is heart broken which sets him on his quest. He goes on this
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Women were and always will be the only ones able to produce life. The woman who created earth; mother nature in a sense was a goddess who gave birth to a new day. The ability to be transmitters of civilization made women seem remarkably valuable. When Enkido needs to be transformed to a civilized being, a woman nurses him into that condition instilling certain mannerisms in him changed him. Which goes to show that a woman’s sensual being sexuality and sensitivity has an immense effect over men. Men were in fact aware of women’s art and the power in contained.
Throughout the epic, Gilgamesh attempts to achieve a state of immorality and he realizes its out of his reach. This brings out one of the central themes in this epic that death in ultimately inevitable. This is a fact of human life and it becomes exposed in the duration of his journey. He grows bitter that only the gods are able to live forever.When Enkidu is cursed with a painful death, Gilgamesh fears his own destiny ever more.
The critical lesson that Gilgamesh brings back home after his quest is not entirely about death but more so about living life. This goes to show that they believed in life and afterlife; although the idea of an afterlife didn’t comfort them enough, seeing as the god were viewed as being immortal. Utnapishtim's recollection of the food portrays how grueling such a task is.