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Unformatted text preview: 1. Describe TWO specific elements from the Epic of Gilgamesh that emphasize Gilgamesh’s mortality. How are these elements appropriate to the overall significance of the epic? One element that emphasizes Gilgamesh’s mortality is the death of his great friend Enkidu. After his death, Gilgamesh is heartbroken and becomes scared of his own death. This shows that Gilgamesh is mortal because if he was fully a god he could go to the underworld or somehow bring Enkidu back to life. Instead, Gilgamesh goes on a journey to find Utnapishtim, who was rewarded with eternal life, Gilgamesh hopes to be granted with eternal life also. Another element that emphasizes Gilgamesh’s mortality is unsuccessful attempt of getting immortality by Utnapishtim. Utnapihtim gives him a test to stay awake for a week and Gilgamesh fails and he also loses the youth plant that Utnapihtim wife gives...
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2009 for the course CMLIT 108 taught by Professor Adamsfredcalvin during the Summer '08 term at Penn State.
- Summer '08