Relationship In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem that was one of the first works of literature, from ancient Mesopotamia. The epic main character is Gilgamesh, and Enkidu. Gilgamesh is two-thirds god and one-third human and he is the king of Uruk. Despite being the protector of the city, he is a rapist and the gods send Enkidu to defeat Gilgamesh. However, when they meet and battle they become commendable friends afterwards. Together they go on several journeys throughout the first half of the epic and once Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh spends the second half of the epic searching for eternal life. Throughout the epic we see relationships between humans and the gods. The epics main character, Gilgamesh is part divine and Enkidu is sent from the gods, therefore we see a human and God relationship from the beginning of the story. The gods are associated with places as well, for example Humbaba is the protector of the forest and the Sun God creates weapons for Enkidu and Gilgamesh to fight…show more content…
They both have a major flood where God chooses a man to create an ark to prepare for the flood. In preparation all species are present upon the ark as the Gods attempt to cleanse the earth. This flood account is present in both text despite the difference when these text were created. Another similarity we see is how the serpent which represents evil in both scenarios takes away immortality from mankind. In both scenarios man is given immortality and despite the different settings eternal life is taken away. We also see the similiarities how sex introduces you to human life which is positive and negative in both texts. Enkidu was civilized after having relations with a concubine taken away from the forest (nature) and Adam was given the forbidden fruit from Eve and he realized they are naked and was removed from the garden (nature). Therefore, in both texts we can see the

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