Epic of Gilgamesh lit crit

Epic of Gilgamesh lit crit - Does not everyone have hopes...

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1 Does not everyone have hopes, dreams, and ambitions throughout their life? In The Epic of Gilgamesh , Gilgamesh goes on various adventures. Gilgamesh has numerous ambitions throughout his life that lead him to learn an important life-lesson. Gilgamesh’s ambitions, which initially lead him to believe that freedom is his right possession, ultimately lead him to realize that freedom is humankind’s shared resource. Gilgamesh’s ambitions make him feel as though he has complete material freedom. He postulates that anything and anyone that he wants, is his right possession. One desire of Gilgamesh, was to have any woman that he wanted. He did not even care who the woman loved, or if she was even single. “His lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughter nor the wife of the noble. ..” (62). The people often questioned how their own ruler could terrorize the people of Uruk in this way. “...Gilgamesh takes them all; and this is the king, the shepherd of the people?” (62). Gilgamesh continued his ways until the Gods created Enkidu. Gilgamesh was about to enter a bride’s house one night before her bridegroom got there, when Enkidu stopped him. They commenced fighting, but in the end they decided to be friends. Once Gilgamesh had met Enkidu, he no longer terrorized the citizens of Uruk. Gilgamesh wanted to make sure that he stood out as a ruler. One of the ways Gilgamesh hoped to make a name for himself, was through building. 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, it shines with the brilliance of copper; and the inner wall, it has no equal.(61) Gilgamesh had hoped to build up Uruk bigger and better, to protect it from invaders. Through building large, memorable structures, Gilgamesh used material things in an
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attempt to increase his popularity. After Gilgamesh and Enkidu became friends, they both expressed the desire to go on an adventure together. Gilgamesh had an ambition to create himself into a hero to the people of Uruk. “‘I have not established my name stamped on bricks as my destiny decreed; therefore I will go to the country where the cedar is felled. I will set up
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