The Epic of Gilgamesh Analysis

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an fascinating mesopotamian epic that dates back to ancient years. The story focuses on a King by the name of Gilgamesh King of Uruk, two thirds god and one third man. Gilgamesh does not fulfill his leadership expectations, he comes off as an arrogant , ignorant man who is full of himself. He rapes any woman his heart desires. This leads to the gods becoming infuriated with him. The gods are represented as these hard to please inferior beings. Seeking revenge the gods send down Enkidu who was initially imposed to keep Gilgamesh in check. Gilgamesh and Enkido ironically become great friends. When Enkido does (a death imposed by the gods) Gilgamesh is heart broken which sets him on his quest. He goes on this impossible quest seeking immortality. Ultimately he fails, and dies. Although he failed in his attempts, he gains much knowledge on his journey. Even though the men are most present, the women in this epic carry small but vital roles, that reveal a lot about babylonia at the time.This epic says a lot about the inevitability of death, and the affects of l...
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