Importance Of Immortality In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The search for immortality seems to be an obsession for many men and women all throughout history. In the Epic of Gilgamesh a man investigates the possibility of immortality following the saddening death of his friend, his brother Enkidu. That man, Gilgamesh, feeling the fear of the possibility of his own mortality which was before unrealized before the death of Enkidu, searches for a way to preserve himself. Is it truly that Gilgamesh searches for a physical immortality or more of a spiritual immortality? Gilgamesh wishes to give the flower of immortality to the elders of the city to rejuvenate them and return the youth to the kingdom of Uruk. This show of selflessness and concern for his people is a sight that might not have…show more content…
Perhaps it was because if he were to eat the plant he would become a lonely king who just would become more and more saddened by his people whom he loved die over and over again and only he would remain. His close friend, Enkidu, was gone. His father warnied him of the loneliness - perhaps this convinced Gilgamesh of his course of…show more content…
The Epic of Gilgamesh clearly promotes the moral feelings of the time. The epic clearly expresses the high value placed on family and children. Gilgamesh wanted to enjoy immortality with his friend and he eventually achieved his goal. Thousands of years after the death of Gilgamesh he and Enkidu continue to live through the story of their adventures which have been passed down through time - keeping the two friends in an immortal state for as long as the story is told. Gilgamesh in trying to achieve immortality to secure a long life for himself at first. The death of Enkidu shakes Gilgamesh to his core. All of the sudden Gilgamesh has a serious situation on his hands. But does he really want to be immortal? Perhaps before the loss of his friend he might have had no problem with that at all, but now it seems that it is a different

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