English 802 Fall 11 Final exam 2

Of calmness that allow him to no longer focus on

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of calmness that allow him to no longer focus on being wild and destructive but do more not only for the greater good of himself but for that of his citizens and the betterment Uruk as a whole. Enkidu who was once wild and became tamed from love of the temple prostitute, pays it forward to Gilgamesh, humanizing him and calming down his wild side. Together they set out to make a name for not only themselves in history but for Uruk as well. Just as Enkidu’s life and presence had a distinct impact on Gilgamesh’s journey of self discovery, the death of his beloved friend had an even bigger influence on his search for understanding. The sense brotherhood that the two shared was a new experience for Gilgamesh because it was the first time that he had truly cared for someone as much as he did himself. When Enkidu met his fate due to their desires for fame and glory in the murder of Humbaba, Gilgamesh was forced to look death in the eye and realize that life is short and just as his friend was killed the same could happen to him. “When I die, shall I not be like Enkidu? (Heidel 64)”, he questions in grief. Before the passing of his beloved counterpart, Gilgamesh cared only for self gratification. Witnessing the pain that Enkidu suffered helplessly with took a great toll on Gilgamesh’s mindset. For the first time in his life he felt completely powerless. This tragedy propels his quest for self knowledge and his search for eternal life that answers to no god. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh travels on a voyage where he must
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discover the purpose of his life and how he can use it to his advantage. In his quest for an escape from death in Tablet IX where he fails at obtaining immortality from Uptinapishitm (Heidel 89-90), he is prompted to ask himself where he should go from that point forward. He experiences a call to change his life even further by accepting that life is short and death is inevitable. By taking it upon himself to make the life he did have as joyous as possible through giving the citizens of his kingdom a ruler that was worthy of praise and gratitude, Gilgamesh turned the lessons he learned in his journey of self discovery and knowledge as a way of life.
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