ENG 208 Gilgamesh

ENG 208 Gilgamesh - English 208 The Epic of Gilgamesh 1....

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English 208 The Epic of Gilgamesh 1. According to the epic, what is the origin and purpose of Enkidu? The people of Uruk lamented to the gods of the oppressive treatment they had endured under Gilgamesh’s rule. In response to their pleas, the goddess of creation, Aruru, creates Enkidu by dipping “her hands in water and pinched off clay, she let it fall in the wilderness” (Gilgamesh 13). Enkidu was a primitive man, covered by hair and lived with the animals in the wilderness. Aruru created Enkidu as an equal to Gilgamesh, in form and strength. Enkidu tempered the oppression of the people of Uruk, by being a brother, friend, and counselor to Gilgamesh. 2. What is the course of the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu? The gods created Enkidu as an equal to Gilgamesh, and he was an equal in every way but temperament. When they first met, it was as combatants. Gilgamesh was about to claim the droit de seigneur rights with an unsuspecting new bride, but Enkidu barred his entrance to the newlyweds’ home. Enkidu and Gilgamesh wrestled, which ended in a draw. Afterward, they embraced in friendship.
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2012 for the course ENG 208 taught by Professor Brewington during the Spring '11 term at Piedmont TC.

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