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The Perfect Relationship - Gilgamesh and Enkidu

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The Perfect Relationship There needs to be great effort, selflessness, and warmth from both sides in order to have a decent relationship, and it takes much more work to have a perfect one. In The Epic of Gilgamesh we can observe several relationships, but the one between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is the most significant. Both men, who are equally strong, feel the need to unite their strengths and weaknesses, their courage and fear; they are growing together emotionally and physically, making a perfect team. Gilgamesh feels an enormous abyss after Enkidu's death, and in his grief to the city counselors on page 94, he releases his thoughts and feelings about his relationship with Enkidu. The relationship they have is that of two soul mates, who emphasize sharing and compliment each other. ...read more.


His "fairest ornament" is Enkidu's devotion. Not only does Gilgamesh lose his beloved brother, but also a marvelous companion in his journeys. All battles were defeated together; all challenges were solved together. They were helping each other in all the paths they went. Enkidu was as "the shield before me," Gilgamesh says with a lot of trust (94). Not only they were helping each other, they also took care of each other by shielding one another without thinking about their own benefit. The shield was the first thing Gilgamesh put in front of himself; it was the shield that kept him alive. Gilgamesh goes even further granting Enkidu the role of a right-hand man: "you were the axe at my side" (94). ...read more.


The problems with gods and challenges against the beasts were always solved together in order to listen to one another and get the best decision. Enkidu, being compared to a shield as a protection for Gilgamesh, and to an axe as a helper, was the one who fulfilled the life of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh truly suffered from Enkidu's death which shows that these two could be rightfully called soul mates. Gilgamesh thinks "an evil fate has robbed me" (94), as if he lost his precious person in his life. Even though Gilgamesh suffers and feels angry, but he acknowledges fate and his helplessness. He feels a huge emptiness inside; he lost an equal to himself, a partner, a brother. Nothing can fill this place in his heart. Gilgamesh is condemned to wonder through the rest of his life being gloomy and lonely. ...read more.

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