Enkidu's Lasting Friendship In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In the epic Gilgamesh, the characters traits of both Gilgamesh and Enkidu help to build a lasting friendship through their differences. For example, Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk, a city of culture, and personifies the highest of human virtues, such as fairness, bravery, and courage. However, Gilgamesh is often unstable. In sharp contrast, Enkidu was raised in the wild and is foreign to civilization. Enkidu is caring and thoughtful and equal to Gilgamesh in strength. Enkidu balances out Gilgamesh and acts as a foil in the epic. I think the two traits best represented in the epic are Enkidu’s wisdom and will to not fight and Gilgamesh’s passion for battle. These traits are shown in the epic when the elders describe the two characters stating,
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