Unformatted text preview: a ruler begin to change. Initially, Gilgamesh is a ruthless leader who abuses his power and puts his desires before those of the people; a good ruler leads by example. Eventually, Gilgamesh is led into the initiation phase or “the road of trials.” His first test is to kill the monster Humbaba. Following this, Gilgamesh is forced to kill the holy bull. One of Gilgamesh’s greatest test occurs when his friend Enkidu dies. He is forced prevail without Enkidu, the very person who helped him change for the better. Following Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh meets Utanapishti who gives him the final test. Gilgamesh is told that he must stay awake for seven days, but he fails. This last test leads into the final phase, the return. Gilgamesh goes to the gods asking for immortality. He realizes that no human is immortal....
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- Fall '09
- The Epic of Gilgamesh, Humbaba, Ishtar, Cedar Forest