How Does Enkidu Fall To The Death Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic tale of a man who is held above all others. In the text, Gilgamesh if often said to be “two-thirds god and one-third man”. The Gods felt Gilgamesh had too much power, so they created another named Enkidu, who served as a brother, a protector, and an equal force or rival to Gilgamesh. In Tablet X the “one third man” portion of Gilgamesh is seen clawing out from his god-like body trying to escape the coils of death. The death of Enkidu, his beloved friend struck the core of Gilgamesh, leaving him anguish. Gilgamesh meets a few individuals in this tablet and they allow us to see exactly how much the death of his dear friend, Enkidu, effected his view of his morality.
It is important to realize that when Enkidu died, Gilgamesh came to a conclusion. The conclusion being that he too would fall to the hands of death and Gilgamesh even questions, “Am I not like him? Will I lie down, never to get up again?”
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Reading into this statement more, something stands out. Why does Gilgamesh choose to go into the wilderness? The simple fact of this is because Enkidu was born in the wilderness so for Gilgamesh this is a way for him to feel close to Enkidu even though he is gone. It should also be noted that the word oppress often has a negative connotation, such as the sentence “The small town was oppressed by the cruel dictator.” The fact that Gilgamesh is saying that the death of his friend whom he loved so much is oppressive, shines a light onto Death. This light shows how much death, even his own morality, is causing Gilgamesh to change out of desperation.
Death haunts Gilgamesh throughout the rest of the epic, but on individual points out to Gilgamesh what he is doing to himself. That individual is Utanapishtim the Faraway.
“You have toiled without cease, and what have you
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