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Unformatted text preview: I found that each part of the tale of Gilgamesh corresponded directly to the Hero’s Journey. Gilgamesh receives a call to slay Humbaba and cut down the cedars, and Enkidu acts as his supernatural aid. At first Gilgamesh is eager to go and Enkidu advises him against it. The tables are then turned as Gilgamesh becomes shy and needs encouragement to continue on, and encouragement to slay Humbaba. The “belly of the whale” is Enkidu’s death, it is at this point when he realizes his own mortality. Gilgamesh endures many tasks and tests on his journey to reach immortality, he fails several times (both because he has fallen asleep!) In the end the “ultimate boon” is finding the plant that causes old men to become young again, after his failure he returns to Uruk....
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Creek during the Spring '07 term at De La Salle University.
- Spring '07