The Epic of Gilgamesh

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Gilgamesh the king of Uruk, believed that he was immortal and treated the people of his kingdom very badly; so much so that his mother tried to talk to him about his rude behavior towards the people in the kingdom. Many feared Gilgamesh, therefore, he used his powers and done what he wanted regardless of what his people expected from him. Gilgamesh heard of a man name Enkidu that was part man and part animal, he was eager to meet him so he sought out a prostitute to go meet him and bring him back to his kingdom. Upon meeting Gilgamesh, Enkidu was not to accepting of the king and challenged him to fight. The two engaged in a fierce battle when suddenly they both realized that they were equals and that fighting was solving nothing. The people in the kingdom had prayed for an equal to Gilgamesh but did not expect the friendship that transpired. It was at this point when Gilgamesh realizes that he and Enkidu would make a great team. Finding value in his new friendship, as friendship is necessary in every human’s life, the two grew closer and Gilgamesh begins developing feelings that would soon change his life. Gilgamesh was eager to seek out adventure and Enkidu was a bit cautious but he would always back his best friend decisions. Therefore, along he went on every journey regardless of his thoughts. For example, when he went to conquer Humbaba, Enkidu reluctantly assisted Gilgamesh and they prevailed. Although they were the victors in this particular conquest, the defeat led to a curse by Humbaba on Enkidu. Gilgamesh and Enkidu was unstoppable the two best friends had upset many gods on their journey and was never defeated by any of them. The two best friends journeyed home and received a hero’s welcome. However, upon returning t... ... middle of paper ... ...t story that has been in the world of literature for hundreds of years covers many different human elements that still exist even in today’s world, such as, fame, desire, violence, love and compassion. Love can be a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This is a feeling that most have experienced in some type of way from the beginning of time and will never cease to exist. There was more than a bond built, between Gilgamesh and Enkidu once he died, he realized just how much he loved and appreciated his companionship. They both gained many life lessons such as, Enkidu learning to live in a civilized environment and Gilgamesh learning how to love and to treat others with respect, but more importantly, he learned how to be a human and a better King to shepherd his people.

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