The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh - The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated...

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The Epic of Gilgamesh , translated by N.K. Sanders (London: Penguin Books, 1972) pp. 128. Reviewed by: Emmanuel Kayode “In order to know the future you have to know your past.” Dating back since early society, people have always had the same ideas and morals. These ideas consist of faith, fear of death, death and rebirth, and being remembered. The idea of faith is common in today’s society because everybody has some faith, whether it be religious or in each other. Death and rebirth play a part also in the Hindu religion, they believe that the actions that you do in the present life will decide what you are when you’re reborn. Being remembered also plays a role today because that’s why individuals donate to something have it named after them do they will be remembered by their name. In the book, Gilgamesh, there are instance of these ideas/themes. The epic story Gilgamesh is about the King who built the great city if Uruk. Gilgamesh was a tyrant ruler who raped women and sacrificed his warriors. The God Aruru then created Enkidu, who was a man who lived as an animal. A prostitute he laid with for 6 days and 7 nights later tamed him. Enkidu is then told about Gilgamesh. From what he hears, he thinks Gilgamesh is lonely, and he also wants to challenge him in a battle of strength. Enkidu loses to Gilgamesh but they become the partners and the closest of friend nevertheless. They became brothers. Gilgamesh and Enkidu then took a trip to the Cedar Forest for a new challenge, which was to fight and kill Humbaba, the guardian of the forest, who is known as unconquerable. Gilgamesh states he will take up the challenge while he accepts death and
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Fay during the Fall '07 term at Morgan.

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