It is important to realize that when Enkidu died, Gilgamesh came to a conclusion. The conclusion being that he too would fall to the hands of death and Gilgamesh even questions, “Am I not like him? Will I lie down, never to get up again?” (Tablet X, p. 55) In the start of this Tablet, Gilgamesh is spotted by the tavern keeper Siduri. Siduri wonders if this man is a murderer and wonder where they are heading. The appearance of Gilgamesh at this point in the story is reminiscent of how Enkidu was when he was created. Siduri questions Gilgamesh on his appearance, physically and spiritually. Siduri asks,
“why are your cheeks so emaciated, your expression so desolate?
Why is your heart so wretched, your features so haggard?
Why is there such sadness deep within you?
Why do you look like one who has been traveling a long distance
so that ice and heat have seared your face?” (Tablet X, p. 54)
These questions from Siduri shows that Gilgamesh is deeply afflicted by the tragic death of Enkidu. The sadness within Gilgamesh and the reason his heart...
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...ar (to a premature end?)!” Utanapishtim knows Gilgamesh is in deep anguish but also left him unquestionably hollow.
Ultimately, this tablet shows the descent of Gilgamesh after the death of his friend Enkidu. Through the people Gilgamesh has met they provided perceptive views of Gilgamesh, and to the event of Gilgamesh meeting Utanapishtim, Gilgamesh is questioned on his most human action. The obsession of morality, the unnecessary journey which most likely brought his life closer to an end, these decisions Gilgamesh made were out of the fear of his own death. Tablet X truly shows the one-third man portion of Gilgamesh. Utanapishtim being as wise as he is, said, “They [The Gods] established Death and Life, / but they did not make known ‘the days of death.’” (Tablet X, p. 62) Even though Gilgamesh was two-thirds god, it was not enough to suppress his human qualities.
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