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The Relationship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu

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Introduction

1. 2. Does love truly set us free? 3. 4. In the beginning of the tale, Gilgamesh is a womanizing, self-serving, dictatorial-like, 2/3 god 1/3 man ruler who is both feared and revered by his people. He continues to be his self-righteous self until his friendship with Enkidu not only forces him to see but also acknowledge his own vanity. 5. 6. Gilgamesh had finally met his match in Enkidu; a friend that would serve as his life-long companion. Setting aside his great pride and power, Gilgamesh had opened a place in his heart, and in his sumptuous life, for his beloved brother. 7. 8. After Gilgamesh and Enkidu overcame the gigantic human hurdle known as Humbaba, another hurdle springs up; her name is Ishtar. Ishtar becomes an issue for the heroes due to her desire / lust for Gilgamesh. If Enkidu had not shown up, Gilgamesh would have probably been all over her (you and me baby, nothing but mammals) ...read more.

Middle

11. 12. As he continues ridiculing and embarrassing Ishtar, he is only digging himself a deeper and deeper hole, one from which Enkidu will not escape. After Gilgamesh?s speech, Ishtar is extremely angry and the only thing on her mind at that point is avenging her lost pride and revenge on the man that took it away. In order to do this, she sends down the Bull of Heaven, which kills Enkidu. 13. 14. Gilgamesh and Enkidu?s behaviors lead them both into destruction. Sometimes someone is so blinded by his or her own vanity and / or self-worth that they cannot see what their conscious is trying to make them see. In Enkidu?s case, he tries to listen to his consciousness (not wanting to kill Humbaba) but eventually he turns a blind eye and lets his fate be sealed by Gilgamesh?s vanity / desire to kill Humbaba for honor. ...read more.

Conclusion

?Gilgamesh, the once arrogant and overpowering king, was now thinking of the well being of his people.?[1] 19. 20. Is it love that binds our world together? From Gilgamesh?s story, it very well may be. Through Gilgamesh?s and Enkidu?s relationship, we see that in order to truly see ourselves, we must be able to see ourselves positively in the eyes of our lover, comrade, family member? 21. 22. ?Like Gilgamesh, our fate is to travel the journey of life, to slay one who is evil with the help of our gods, to survive and mourn some of those we love, and leave the world with as many good deeds as possible.?[2] In other words, love does not save us, it cannot due to the fact that one?s destiny is sealed and embedded within us. The one thing that love can do is make the journey that much better. 23. 24. ________________ [1] "Message of Love in the Epic of Gilgamesh." 123HelpMe.com. 23 Sep 2011 <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=12549>. [2] "Message of Love in the Epic of Gilgamesh." 123HelpMe.com. 23 Sep 2011 <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=12549>. ...read more.

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