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Friendship in the Epic of Gilgamesh

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Throughout the Epic of Gilgamesh I discovered the importance of friendships. People will always enter and exit your life but it is the true friendships that last. Friendships are present during happy times but are most important through the rough times. It is people that make the friendships. Similarly to Gilgamesh and Enkidu, it seems that people will only find one person that is meant to be their better half. Although Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s friendship took place a long time ago it can still be compared to friendships in modern day.
Before Enkidu’s coming, Gilgamesh was a man of great power, a being for which there was no equal match. Gilgamesh boasted about his overwhelming glory and power, however his arrogance was accompanied with an extensive abuse of power, which pushed the city of Uruk into a state of rage. Still Gilgamesh felt no despair; he lived to display his majestic power to others. From the beginning, a powerful link developed between man and woman. The people of Uruk were tired of Gilgamesh’s arrogance and ruthlessness. They cried out to the gods who then appealed to higher gods such as the creator goddess Aruru. They asked her to “create his (Gilgamesh) equal; let it be as like him as his own reflection, his second self, stormy heart for stormy heart. Let them contend together and leave Uruk in quiet” (Gilgamesh 13). The wise Ninsun, Gilgamesh’s mother, said to him, "You will love him as a woman and he will never forsake you". Gilgamesh had finally met his match, a friend that would serve as his life-long companion. The gods created Enkidu who was half man and half beast to be Gilgamesh’s other half. Upon the seal of this great friendship, Gilgamesh began to change his selfish ways. Nevertheless, he shared with En...

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...f this was when Gilgamesh was about to give Humbaba mercy, Enkidu convinced Gilgamesh to kill the giant anyway. This event actually sealed Enkidu’s death. Another important factor in their friendship was that they helped each other claim glory and leave a legacy. They accomplished this when they killed the giant Humbaba and when they defeated the Bull of heaven. In the end they stuck together through everything.
Throughout history there have been many friendships but the true friendships that last throughout time. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are an example of true friendship when it comes to how loyal and caring they were. The two friends were willing to do anything for each other. Both men, who were equally strong, felt the need to unite their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their courage and fear. They grew together emotionally and physically, making a perfect team.
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