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    of himself and abuses his rights as king. He has sexual intercourse with the virgins of his town and acts as though he is a god. Throughout the story, many things cause Gilgamesh to change. He gains a friend, he makes a name for himself by killing Humbaba, and he tries to become immortal because of the death of Enkidu. Through these main actions his personality changes and he becomes a better person. The quest for immortality after the death of Enkidu is the first sign that Gilgamesh has changed.

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    and blocks the way." Finally, there is a moment of pause for Gilgamesh’s shallow heart and mind. Although he does not realize this at the time, Gilgamesh has an opportuni... ... middle of paper ... ...and killed the Bull of Heaven and overthrew Humbaba, the brother whom I loved, the end of mortality has overtaken him…because of my brother I am afraid of death…how shall I find eternal life?” Despite Gilgamesh’s efforts to find this life of eternity, he too dies towards the end of his journey. It

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    accomplishing their task, unlike Gilgamesh. In his journey for immortality, he told Enkidu, “The fierce giant Humbaba lives at the base of the Cedar Mountains… Come with me to slay him, and then we will have banished all evil from the land” (“Gilgamesh” 34). Gilgamesh’s mission requires him to face many enemies and run towards death to see if he is worthy of immortality. Without killing the giant Humbaba or the lions to pass through the mountains, he would have never discovered the secret to becoming immortal

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    The Role of Enkidu

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    Epics are characterized by longevity of text, a poetic style, and an account of the accomplishments of a legendary hero. Herbert Mason’s interpretation of an extract of the Epic of Gilgamesh lacks a large amount of text and the legendary hero so common in later epics such as Odyssey and Beowulf. Because the later epics are considered to be based on the Epic of Gilgamesh it is important to consider why, in Mason’s translation, is there a lack of an impressive amount of text and of a legendary hero

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    Gilgamesh is an excerpt from Old Babylonian tablet from Ishchali in which Gilgamesh defeated Humbaba with the support from Enkidu. In this passage, Gilgamesh was advised and guided by Enkidu from preparing how to fight with Humbaba, to actually defeated him. The depiction of the excerpt highlights the friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu as Enkidu motivated Gilgamesh to succeed, not only for killing Humbaba but also for becoming a better man. The first eight lines talks about the conversation between

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    needed to work together with someone to kill this monstrous beast to show that he is not almighty. It would’ve been impossible for him to do alone, he wouldn’t have had the physical or emotional capacity. Enkidu was also needed to convince him to kill Humbaba. Gilgamesh never would’ve been able to make that tough discussion without

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    Fear of Death

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    regardless of his opponent. As we read further we are told about Gilgamesh wanting to go into to the forest to kill the monster Humbaba. As he and Enkidu are preparing for the fight Enkidu speaks of his concerns in which Gilgamesh responds with “Here you are, even you, afraid of death…If I fall on the way, I’ll establish my name: ‘Gilgamesh, who joined battle with fierce Humbaba’”(26) this gives the idea that Gilgamesh is accepting to death at this point. He is not afraid of death because... ... middle

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    Throughout the history, a person has sought for the real reason of happiness. It was sometimes linked to simple things, whereas sometimes it is thought that even all the values in the world cannot be the reason of happiness. This transforms happiness into a long, difficult adventure. For finishing this adventure people use and sacrifice other values. Furthermore, there are lots of stories, legends, epics that are about this subject. One of epics that is about this subject is" The Epic of Gilgamesh

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    Freud’s view of civilization emerges from his understanding of the struggle between Eros and Death. Freud expresses the existence of two contrary instincts, Eros and Death, via starting from the speculations on the beginning of life and biological parallels. While Eros preserves the living substance and joins it into larger units, such as societies, Death dissolves these units and brings them back to their primeval state. The death drives appear to be regressive, striving for a return to a less differentiated

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    27-28).  Gilgamesh is a man with no equal, so he feels superior. Although Gilgamesh starts out cruel he develops into a very kindhearted man.  He is extremely supportive of Enkidu and encourages him in various situations.  When the men are fighting Humbaba Gilgamesh says, ã[you] will surpass all of them... a fri...

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