He who guards the forest of cedar his reach is wide

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journey which must not be made, that is a man [who must not be] looked on. He who guards the Forest of Cedar, his [reach] is wide” (Gilgamesh 21). Despite the fact that Enkidu’s physical proves to be significantly inferior to Gilgamesh’s physical ability, he serves as a loyal friend without any feeling of jealousy or envy. Enkidu serves as a voice of reason to maintain Gilgamesh under control. His caring nature is only surpassed by
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Juliao 3 his everlasting loyalty towards Gilgamesh. As mentioned earlier, Gilgamesh communicates his craving to battle the demonic Humbaba, to which Enkidu at first recoils. He cautions that Humbaba is an impossible test to them both and that he is a considerable foe. Be that as it may, Gilgamesh waves aside Enkidu's feelings of trepidation, telling him that he will head the mission to free the earth of Humbaba. Seeing Gilgamesh's determination, Enkidu cheers up and chooses to join the battle. There is a mutual benefit enjoyed by both Gilgamesh and Enkidu in terms of their relationship. The emotional connection that has been built between the heroes allows them to support and advise each other on their missions. The partnership that developed served as a way for Gilgamesh to pursue guidance, which relates to the purpose of the women in the epic. From beginning to end, the role of women in the text serves mainly to support and lead the heroes on their journeys in order to achieve their success. This can be seen at first with Enkidu when Shamhat first introduces him to civilization to fulfill his purpose of confronting Gilgamesh. Moreover, Ninsun also accomplishes this role as she leads Gilgamesh through his journeys as a supportive mother. As a result, the women in the epic are not portrayed as heroes,
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