The Permanence Of Death In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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In the beginning of the story, the best way I can describe Gilgamesh’s behavior is that of an abrasive teenager. He does what he wants, when he wants. Death does not scare him at all; his lack of fear reminds me of “it’ll never happen to me” attitude adopted by young people. However, when Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh has an eye opening moment. He realizes that death is something that is more eminent than he could have ever imagined. I feel like this is a relatable concept—not many people realize the permanence of death, let alone that the young are not immune to death, until it occurs close to home. His search for immortality, in part, is symbolic of the stages of grief. The days Gilgamesh spent in the grassy fields represent the early stages
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