Reading 802 Spring 2013 rivers

Because gilgamesh is two thirds god he is given

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Because Gilgamesh is two thirds god he is given everything on a silver platter from birth and grows into manhood with a “the world is mine for the taking” attitude. Although he has been blessed with many great qualities from the gods such as, comeliness, heroism, a body of perfection, as well as strength that surpasses any man living (Heidel17, 18), he is harsh in his treating of his people and cares about nothing more than himself. The proof of this can be seen in Tablet I of the epic which describes Gilgamesh as “our shepherd, strong handsome and wise….He is their shepherd yet he oppresses them ( Heidel 18).” The text goes on to depict some of Gilgamesh’s antics such as “Gilgamesh leaves no son to his father. Day and night his outrageousness continues unrestrained….Gilgamesh leaves no virgin to her lover.(Heidel 18)” These early distasteful actions kick start
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Gilgamesh’s journey toward immortality. The most distinct reason for Gilgamesh’s journey to immortality is the creation of Enkidu. When Enkidu was created by the gods as an answer to the pleas for help of the city of Uruk, his presence captivated Gilgamesh. Because he was sent to balance out Gilgamesh, ”Thou Aruru didst create Gilgamesh? Now create his equal to the
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