The epic of gilgamesh - In the Epic of Gilgamesh though it...

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In the Epic of Gilgamesh, though it is stated that Gilgamesh and Enkidu are companions, there are implications of their relationship as a marriage. Nowhere is this most apparent than in the scene in which Gilgamesh witnesses Enkidu’s death. The line “So Gilgamesh laid a veil, as one veils the bride over his friend,” serves to summarize their relationship since their meeting. It is of great importance that this is the way they are portrayed since they come from two different settings. Gilgamesh from society and Enkidu from wilderness. Thus, in order for Enkidu to merge into society, he must divorce wilderness and in a sense marry Gilgamesh. Critical for this marriage to occur, the story of must follow Enkidu until his meeting with Gilgamesh. Additionally, the way in which Gilgamesh carefully lays a veil on him like a bride highlights their complementary characteristics. Enkidu’s wildlife birth brings him into the story and helps to build him up into a man. The trapper’s fear in encountering this wild-man is significant in his portrayal as a wild beast.
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1003 taught by Professor Johnadams during the Spring '09 term at Rochester Community Technical College.

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