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Gilgamesh Study Guide Discussion Questions 1. The first tablet of Gilgamesh begins with a list of heroic actions and qualities. What are they? What do they tell us about the culture and lives of the people of ancient Sumer? 2. At the beginning of the poem, we learn that Gilgamesh “wrote the story on a tablet of stone.” Is this the story he wrote? What is the effect of the summary of his story at the outset of the poem? 3. The people of Uruk had to petition the goddess Aruru to restrain Gilgamesh. Is it necessary to reconcile his violent excesses with his heroic stature? Why? 4. What does the poem tell us about the role of kingship in Sumer? In the case of Gilgamesh was it more of a scourge or a blessing? Could the people have flourished without it? 5. Describe Enkidu. What does his wildness represent? Are there any Biblical parallels to his character? How does he change in the company of Shamhat? Does he become civilized? What does this mean? What accounts for this change? 6. Describe the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Is it based more on similarities or differences? What are the positive aspects of the relationship? Are there any negative? 7. Why do Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight Huwawa? What does Gilgamesh say about human action and mortality?
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