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the friendship shared between Gilgamesh and his one time enemy Enkidu is one that is rooted in the fact that their personalities and physicalitys compliment each other

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Allyson Phillips English- Forbes September 19, 2007 Gilgamesh Throughout history the idea of friendship has been held as something sacred and special that is shared between two individuals who often compliment each other. Not only does friendship impact one's mental growth, but often spiritually as well. In the historic epic of Gilgamesh, the friendship shared between Gilgamesh and his one time enemy Enkidu is one that is rooted in the fact that their personalities and physicality's compliment each other. Not only are they companions, they are able to recognize each other's strengths and weaknesses and continue to build off of them. Their relationship is so deeply ingrained that they are able to see each other as brothers. Both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are both seeking power and recognition for their strengths as warriors and as distinguished members of society. ...read more.

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Gilgamesh and Enkidu are classic examples of this intimate bond. Brotherhood is also a vital part of Gilgamesh's and Enkidu's friendship; their bond is so deep that it goes beyond just a physical friendship. They recognize that they are both mentally and spiritually connected as companions. They are so closely connected and mentally entwined that they consider each other brothers. In one passage specifically the brotherhood aspect of their friendship is clearly revealed. It is seemingly almost divine that they are such brothers. In a dream, Gilgamesh experienced a meeting with his new companion, and his mother even swore it his 'brother'. Gilgamesh explains, "Mother, last night I had a dream...I braced my forehead and I raised it with thongs and brought it to you, and you yourself pronounced it my brother." ...read more.

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Not only does their friendship contain characteristics that are still vital parts of relationships today, it contains the hope that everyone has a counterpart that is almost as if their soul mate. If Gilgamesh and Enkidu can maintain a friendship after being bitter enemies, everyone has the ability to seek and maintain such a sacred friendship in their life. I believe that Gilgamesh teaches us valuable lessons about friendship that can be applied to our own friendships today. If a friendship like theirs could be possible so long ago, there's no reason why in today's society we shouldn't be able to be even more open and understanding to people's differences and backgrounds. If everyone could be as open as Gilgamesh was to befriending their enemies, more people could develop meaningful relationships even with the people they least expect it from. 1 ...read more.

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