Character Of Uruk And Enkidu's Friendship In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the greatest works of ancient Mesopotamia that was originally written in cuneiform around 2100 B.C.E. Gilgamesh was not written by one specific character but evolved gradually over the long span of a millennium (Foster 95). The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic that tells how a friendship was formed between Gilgamesh, who is the king of Uruk and Enkidu after they engage in a fight. The love and friendship that Enkidu and Gilgamesh have for each other causes Gilgamesh who was once an arrogant, oppressive, and brutal ruler (96). To become a more loving civilized man who finally understands the true value of friendship.
In the beginning of The Epic of Gilgamesh the people of Uruk are complaining about Gilgamesh harsh behavior towards them. “He’s lording the city like a bull with his head thrust …show more content…

Gilgamesh is using force against his own people because of his obsessions with battle and sexual desire. He sends all the young men to war rather than letting them stay home to help their father. Gilgamesh also uses his power to take the virginity of all young women. The complaints of the Uruk people gets the attention of Aruru. Aruru the goddess of creation decides to create Enkidu, a rival for Gilgamesh. Aruru plan is for Enkidu to fight Gilgamesh and teach him a lesson, leading the king to end his harsh behavior toward his people. Aruru creates Enkidu by wetting her hands and pinching off clay and tossing it in the steppe (102). Unlike Gilgamesh, Enkidu is 1/3 human and 2/3 beast he lives in the forest with the wild animals. Enkidu starts bothering the shepherds and trappers of the area and jostles the

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