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Unformatted text preview: Ryan Averbukh Professor Nagy, Eng. 111A Characters in epics are required to possess a certain amount of confidence and pride that allows them to successfully complete their journey. When an additional comrade is added, the duo is forced to create a solution that suits them both. In the case of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, they rely on one another to such a degree that it leads to the demise of Gilgameshs character. When they are introduced, each man has their doubts about the others capabilities. Gilgamesh does himself a deed by taking Enkidu as a true friend, not knowing the outcome. Through time, the powerful relationship that develops allows them to become alter egos of each other. Since they embark on such a long and tedious journey, the vast amounts of time spent together eventually make them similar in many ways. What is unique about their relationship is it seems that they naturally grow to love one another furthering the evidence that they had a divine connection before coming to Earth. Gilgamesh is an arrogant, vicious ruler from a civilized place, while Enkidu is an uncontrolled and carefree man of the wild, yet they always find things to help each other fall back upon. In the beginning of the standard version, Gilgamesh sends Shamhat to teach Enkidu the important elements of civilization. By meeting Enkidu, he feels the need to share and grow for the first time in his life. Through their meeting Enkidu, he feels the need to share and grow for the first time in his life....
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