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Gilgamesh: A Man's Conflict

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Gilgamesh was a man with different entities, a man who can’t be described by just one word. He in fact can be described by many; he was a man, a king, and a hero. Gilgamesh’s different identities caused him to live a conflicting life of finding who he really was.

A Man: Gilgamesh was a mortal man. A regular man who yes was strong, courageous, and just about unstoppable, but nonetheless he was a man. He had the desires of Man, he lusted after women, he arrogantly proved his strength and as a Man he allowed for his heart to be broken. Gilgamesh used his strength, his knowledge and being to prove to all of Uruk that he was the best. It was declared throughout Uruk that “[Gilgamesh’s] arrogance ha[d] no bounds by day or night. No son is left with his father; for Gilgamesh takes them all…His lust leaves no virgin to her lover” (Norton pg. 13). Gilgamesh’s arrogance led for the people of Uruk to beg to the gods to send a counterpart of Gilgamesh, someone who would defeat Gilgamesh the unbeatable. The reader quickly learns that Gilgamesh isn’t defeated but instead acquires a new companion and a new sidekick, Enkidu. His new companion quickly emerged into a brotherly love that had no bounds. They showed affection towards one another and they laid hand and hand together as they slept. They went on great adventures together, and sought to prove to the world that they were the best together. Gilgamesh and Enkidu attempt to achieve valiance and immortality by defeating the toughest of the tough. They decide that they will kill and defeat Humbaba. It was Gilgamesh’s belief that the “accomplishment of great acts of valor… is the highest achievement of life and one that serves as the basis of lasting fame, and fame in the form of stories of on...

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... Gilgamesh begins to die. In his death the people of Uruk honored him and mourned the passing of their great leader. But even today people mourn and honor Gilgamesh. In his death Gilgamesh was still able to achieve immortality. Thousands of years later from the writings of this story people today are remembering the journey of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Just like he originally wanted future generations are learning of such a courageous friendship that has no bounds. Gilgamesh was a Man, a King and a Hero who lived yesterday, lives today and will tomorrow.

Works Cited

Abusch, Tzvi. "The development and meaning of the Epic of Gilgamesh: an interpretive essay." 2001.

Keenan, James. G. Gilgamesh: An Appreciation. Wauconda, Illinois: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1997.

Norton. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Vol. A. New York, London: W.W Norton Company, 2002.
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