The Relationship Between Man And Nature In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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It may not be present today, but many hundreds and thousands of years ago, man and nature had a relationship that was of giving and receiving. Air, water, and soil have been taken for granted in this modern day, leaving us humans on the search for more abundant and materialistic objects; overall, making us lose touch with what we are made of. The relationship between man and nature has been analyzed by many texts we have assessed in class, determining this as an over-arching theme we are studying. In class discussions, we have commented about the reasons there were cosmonogies written, or why pots and vases were made with nature scenes. Overall, we determined through group work and discussion, man was in tune with nature and there was an ebb and flow relationship established. One example of a text that explores the relationship between man and nature is the Epic of Gilgamesh. Enkidu was a man created to be of equal strength and stubbornness as Gilgamesh, who was the king of Aruk and was causing havoc to those who lived there. The main thing that had separated them as people, is that Enkidu was born to be one with nature. He always gave his time and love, while nature always returned this by providing him with friendships with the animals, food, and shelter. Since this relationship relies…show more content…
In the Torah, and part of the Book of Genesis, God establishes the relationship that he intends man to have with the world around. At one point in the Torah, there is a quote that says, “God has not caused rain to fall on the earth and there was no human to till the soil.” God knows that nature cannot produce anything if rain does not fall, but since man was not there to work on the soil it did not matter because there was no need to produce. Once he made man, he gave man the responsibility of maintaining nature so that humans can receive the food, air and shelter they
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