Character of Gilgamesh

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Gilgamesh is the oldest epic known to man. It was "on clay tablets which were deciphered in the last century" (Lindermans). It is the story of a great hero who seeks to find many answers that some still seek today. The story follows the antics of Gilgamesh and his literary foil, Enkidu as they seek fame, glory, and ultimately everlasting life…

Introduction

It reads, "The people of the city, great and small, are not silent; they lift up the lament, all men of flesh and blood life up their lament. Fate has spoken; like a hooked fish he lies stretched on the bed, like a gazelle that is caught in a noose"(Gilgamesh).
I find this passage interesting for many reasons. First of all it shows how public opinion of Gilgamesh has changed greatly since the opening of the story, and in that change in opinion we can also begin to see the change in Gilgamesh's character. At the beginning of the story people were crying to the gods to punish Gilgamesh, now " the people of the city great and small"(Gilgamesh) are all mourning the death of their leader.
The use of Endiku also shows a major change in Gilgamesh's character. Once Enkidu enters the story we never here of Gilgamesh and any more women again. Endiku is exactly what the people of Uruk asked for, a person to tame and calm Gilgamesh. I think this is an important theme that runs through the story. It shows how Endiku, a wild man, shows Gilgamesh, a civilized man, the wild lands that no man has explored. It also shows the strength of friendship between the two, so strong that it was even paralleled to the love of a man and a women. ...
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