His limited time on earth is never something this story 's hero has ever had cause to consider at length. Although Gilgamesh himself states “Where is the man who can clamber to heaven? Only the gods live for ever with glorious Shamash, but as for us men, our days are numbered, our occupations are a breath of wind.” Thus proving that Gilgamesh recognizes his own mortality toward the beginning of the story and the temporary air held by actions of the individual. In a sense he rationalizes his recklessness with a Carpe Diem mentality but all the while never really coming to terms with what his mortality truly means (Epic 71). When he thought himself, at a distance. ...
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Gilgamesh never obtains that which can ultimately never be his and that is what makes him mortal. Realizing the difference in value that he puts upon all that he possesses in his life and all that is just out of reach is where we come to see Gilgamesh 's true mortal weakness. Nothing ever being enough caused him to strive for more like a tyrant over his people. The loss of friendship underlined the sting humanity feels at something once immensely enjoyed gone forever and how nostalgia burns sweet with remembrance and pain. Had Gilgamesh ever really received eternal life he would only one day be longing for the release of death; he would see the value of a life well lived and left once it could no longer be his.
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