Gilgamesh, a poem retold by Herbert Mason, is a tale of a king who seeks a life of immortality, which is marked by his ignorance and selfish desires, and his quest to outsmart death. This story of a king named Gilgamesh, and his inability to accept the inevitability of death, which makes him ignorant and selfish. Gilgamesh shows that friendship is essential for everybody. Enkidu a wild man, created by the gods in the grasslands who would eventually become each other's companion. Enkidu was one-third human and two-thirds beast, he was created to mirror Gilgamesh’s character.
He is the greatest of all men, and both his virtues and his flaws are outsized. He is the fiercest of warriors and the most ambitious of builders. The Gilgamesh of the epic is an awe-inspiring, sparkling hero, but at first also the epitome of a bad ruler: arrogant, oppressive, and brutal. He lorded over his subjects, raping any woman who struck his fancy, whether she was the wife of one of his warriors or the daughter of a nobleman. The people of Uruk complained to the Sumerian gods about Gilgamesh’s overbearing behavior, and so the gods created the wild man Enkidu to confront Gilgamesh.
The two battle it out but end up becoming close friends and going on many adventures together. On one of their adventures, the two travel together to the Cedar Mountain and defeat a giant named Huwawa. Later the goddess Ishtar asks Gilgamesh to marry her but he refuses. Spurned she goes to heaven and complains to her father Anu, and so the gods sentence Enkidu to death as punishment. After Enkidu falls ill and dies, Gilgamesh becomes distressed and goes on a quest to discover immortality.
Gilgamesh IS an epic hero. Gilgamesh is a powerful yet emotional king. Gilgamesh shows his weak side by saying “I have wept for him day and night…” After this he remains an epic hero in my opinion. The text states he went on a great dangerous journey and survived and killed the guard of The Cedar
For instance, after Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh seeks Siduri to Urshanabi to Utnapishtim for the answer to immortality. Gilgamesh’s determination in seeking eternal life displays great significance in terms of his development as a character in comparison to the “wild bull on [a] rampage” (Gilgamesh I.30) the city of Uruk depicted him as, before Enkidu’s everlasting influence. In addition, Gilgamesh faces struggles of mortality in the wilderness. When Gilgamesh is in possession of the closest commodity to eternal life, “a snake [catches] scent, [comes] up [in silence], and [bores] the plant off” (Gilgamesh, XI.305-6). His venture into the forest becomes redefined by the internal struggle of whether to keep fighting or choosing to give up all hope in terms of attaining immortality.
After the chaotic grapple, they look at each other completely worn out, the book says that Gilgamesh “saw himself in the other, just as Enkidu saw / Himself in Gilgamesh” (Page 24). While looking into each other’s eyes they see themselves and realize that the person they are staring at is what they were missing. For Enkidu, Gilgamesh is what he needs after being abandoned by the animals, this friendship cures Enkidu’s loneliness. This beautiful meeting sparks an even more dazzling friendship, a friendship to be envied. The companionship that they create represents a theme of friendship that continues for the remainder of the book.
It is like Yin and Yang, that shows two contrast semicircles. In the text Gilgamesh symbolizes dark part of circle and Enkidu is bright, but if we connect this parts, we will see, that dark semicircle complements bright side and bright semicircle complements dark side. So there is appearance of balance between them. Before the creation of Enkidu, Gilgamesh was very violent and angry ruler, that had not any feelings, but with appearance of Enkidu Gilgamesh becomes more peaceful and more sensitive. After the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh loses his second piece of his soul.
Enkidu will enter Uruk, and, Gilgamesh be implementing some form of suffering on an innocent person. The wedding scene will not be shown as it was shown in the beginning. In the text, the fight between Gilgamesh and Enkidu was not described in great detail. However, because the film is made for a modern audience, a speech will be given by Enkidu in which he challenges Gilgamesh, and a lengthy fighting scene will follow. Although the result of the fight is not clear in the text, Gilgamesh will be shown to break off from the fight, and he will ask Enkidu to be his partner, friend and brother, because he was the only one strong enough to challenge him.
The Epic of Gilgamesh talks about King Gilgamesh. In the beginning he was not a great leader and so Enkidu was sent to him to help him. Which he did a great job with, and Gilgamesh and Enkidu became best friends (Lecture). Then later on Enkidu is about to die and Gilgamesh does not understand how to deal with this, and so he goes on a quest to find eternal life. He stumbles upon Siduri, a female tavern keeper, who tells him to be happy in the moment and stop his search.