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    Without a prior ordinary world, Gilgamesh was born one third human and two third god. The goddesses made Gilgamesh strong and near perfect in order to become the King of Uruk. Gilgamesh impresses his people with his unusual abilities and strengthens by predicting the coming flood and building a magnificent wall around Uruk. However, Gilgamesh was not a kind king, he used his status immorally to rape any women he liked. Gilgamesh had a lot of powers, but he was not wise as he was not content with

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    standard at a time when there were no written reports. By being the first epic to ever be written, it became a mirror for epic heroes and traits and the acts they must accomplish to be perceived as a hero. The narrative poem follows Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, who in the beginning is not viewed as a hero due to his ruthless actions as king. Since the beginning of his life, Gilgamesh is destined to be a hero due to his creation as a half man, half god. In result, from an early age, Gilgamesh is perceived

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    He built the city of Uruk and there they value music, food, and dancing. He also built the temple and the walls. This shows his connection to the divine and protection he offered the Mesopotamians in Uruk. When Enkidu is created he represents nature. He is illustrated as beastlike and untamed. Together, they balance out the tamed and untamed worlds and with Enkidu’s

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    Cultural Values A demigod named Gilgamesh, tragically loses his best friend, then he goes on a journey to find the secret of immortality. One could say that these specific cultural values work effectively for the Gods and the people of Uruk, such as rituals, war, and making sacrifices to make this culture successful. Commonly this culture mostly performs rituals for everlasting life or immortality. Gods are afraid of mortality and death itself. The people are wanting an everlasting

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    This is where he makes his first friend who he will cherrish for a very long time. Enkidu enters the village challenging Gilgamesh in a test of strength. He had heard so many stories on his journey to Uruk that he wanted to see if he is a worthy challenger. After hearing of the wedding, Enkidu heads out to go see Gilgamesh. The translator proclaims that, “Enkidu was walking infront, while Shamhat behind him”(15). This shows gender dominance in a civilized

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    Many thousands of years separate the writing of the ancient tale “Epic of Gilgamesh” and the modern day movie “Fight Club” and yet there are many commonalities in the journey the anti-heroes explore in finding a better person within themselves. The narrator in Fight Club is caught up in his miserable, boring life and struggling with insomnia and depression while Gilgamesh is a bully in his role as king in search of immortality. As anti-heroes they are the central character that lacks certain heroic

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    Introduction The transformation of Gilgamesh Enkidu and their friendship Before, during, after Enkidu There are always similarities in stories where one goes through a journey and changes from that experience, whether good or bad. Also hero/villain, good/bad scenarios are present in stories. This is especially true in “The Epic of Gilgamesh”. We learn alittle about Gilgamesh in the beginning but the transformation of Gilgamesh and his perceptions are not present until he meets Enkidu. Without

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    of Uruk around third millennium BCE. Ashurbanipal, the last Neo-Assyrian king who was literate, built a great library in his capital and preserved 20,000 tablets including the earliest complete version of The Epic of Gilgamesh (Spodek, 128). Sumerian attitudes towards gods, friendship, and the story of the great flood are revealed throughout the epic. Gilgamesh, the king of the city-state Uruk, was born as two-thirds of a god. He, a beautiful and ambitious man, always won wars

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    river of Tigris and the Euphrates River. Mesopotamia is where one the earliest urban civilizations, so the inhabitants of that area are sophisticated and enterprising. The story in the Epic starts in Uruk, which is a very vividly described in the 17 lines that follow the first 8 lines of the Epic. “In Uruk he built walls, a great rampart, and the temple of blessed Eanna for the god of the firmament Anu, and for Ishtar the goddess of love. Look at it still today: the outer wall where the cornice runs

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    Gilgamesh vs. Enkidu Gilgamesh is the great king of Uruk, who was two-thirds god and one-third human. He was physically beautiful, immensely strong, and very wise. He probably ruled around 2700 B.C.E. and was remembered for the building of Uruk’s monumental city walls, which were ten kilometers long and fitted with nine hundred towers. 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

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    Though Enkidu seeks to tame some of Gilgamesh’s impetuousness, the two set on a quest to defeat Humbaba, guardian of the forest, in order to obtain cedar wood. In similar fashion, once defeating Humbaba, the two return to Uruk where they must defeat the Bull of Heaven. Both of these quests are perfect examples of the doppelgänger archetype, each reflective of the other and portraying the strengths of the characters and their determination to successfully complete the quests

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh: Relevant Truth for Today’s Society The Epic of Gilgamesh is set in Uruk, an ancient city of the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, now modern-day Iraq. The epic was said to be written by Sin-liqe-unninni, but it is based on five earlier Sumerian poems with no known author. The piece was difficult to translate, and there are two main version for the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the result of the environment during the time the piece was being written. Early Mesopotamian

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    society. He was also known and appreciated for building many walls and temples around his city, which no man who followed ever matched. However, after the presence of Enkidu was made, Gilgamesh started to become the more noble and favored ruler of Uruk. Since he finally knew what it was like to have a companion and someone of his level of greatness, he no longer terrorized his city as he did before, and is still aware that death is inevitable. Yet, after Enkidu passed away, Gilgamesh becomes so distraught

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    death and Gilgamesh’s subsequent grief illustrate the meaningfulness of a community in dealing with mortality. In the beginning of the epic, Gilgamesh is a boastful man who thinks that he can take on the world alone. When speaking to the people of Uruk, he repeatedly uses the pronoun “I” to describe the victory over Humbaba which he expects to achieve by himself (II 260-270). However, even before his first adventure begins, he is advised by his wise councilors that he must “let Enkidu go before you

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    The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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    The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Sumerian epic poem that originated in the Sumerian city-state Uruk in Mesopotamia around 2,000 B.C.E. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the first known written fictional narrative story. The poem is a partly fictional epic about Gilgamesh, a king of Uruk. In the epic, it is said that he was created by the gods to be two-thirds god and one-third human. His only match in power was another man made by the gods, Enkidu, the man raised by the forest. The two become best

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    and goes on a quest to discover immortality. On his journey he searches for his ancestor, named Utanapishtim, who is a survivor of the Great Flood. But Utanapishtim councils Gilgamesh to abandon his quest for immortality, and so he returns home to Uruk in

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    Gilgamesh Transformation

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    Eventually, Gilgamesh reaches Utnapishtim, who tells him of a " 'wondrous plant, Whereby a man may obtain his former strength” (Sanders 18). Gilgamesh becomes excited at the thought of being able to find the plant and to be able to take it back to Uruk. At this point, we see a kind, compassionate person, who was willing to share what he had found with others, someone who is completely different from the man that he was at the beginning of the epic. Gilgamesh find the plant and is excited, but that

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    People Change People The Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale read throughout time about the ancient King of Uruk, Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh is a selfish king who is stronger than any man because he is two parts God and one part human. With his strength, Gilgamesh abuses his power causing the people of Uruk to lament. Hearing these laments, the Gods created Enkidu for Gilgamesh, to be his equal in all aspects. Throughout Gilgamesh’s interactions with Enkidu, Enkidu changes Gilgamesh to become a better person and

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    strongest of mortals. He was the king of ancient Sumerian city, but his power had gone to his head and he spended all his time having endless athletic competitions and having sex with any young women that he desired. Until one day that the citizens of Uruk couldn´t tkae it any longer and they pray to the gods for help. The god Anu listened there prayers and told the goddess Auru to create another man able to match Gilgamesh. And so Endiku, an uncivilized wild man was created and placed in the woods.

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    Gilgamesh as an Archetypal Hero Archetypal heroes often play an important role in literature. These heroes exemplify rare qualities that make them different from other characters. Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, obtains unique characteristics that make him an example of an archetypal hero in The Epic of Gilgamesh. Some characteristics of an archetypal hero are to be charged with a quest, possess supernatural abilities, and to be accompanied by a mythical creature or helper. Gilgamesh displays all three

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