English 802 Fall 11 HW

Now create his equal to the impetuosity of his heart

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balance out Gilgamesh, ”Thou Aruru didst create Gilgamesh? Now create his equal to the impetuosity of his heart let him be equal(Heidel 18)”, Enkidu’s friendship made him more whole as a person. Enkidu was the perfect match because he was created especially for Gilgamesh by the gods. Through Enkidu, Gilgamesh found the best friend that he never had before that point. There was no one in Uruk that was as similar to Gilgamesh in strength or physical appearance or sense of adventure. Their vast similarities made it almost impossible for them to not take interest in one another. ”Let them strive with each other and let Uruk thus have rest Heidel 18).” He began to care for Enkidu as more of a brother as their time together went forward. This newfound care and concern for another individual was a new experience for Gilgamesh which is why when Enkidu passed away his death had a great impact on his thought process and the direction he saw himself going towards in his own life. Although he was not royalty, through Enkidu’s death,
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Gilgamesh saw what could be his fate. Here was a man that was basically the fully human equivalent to Gilgamesh. If Enkidu could perish what would save Gilgamesh from death’s calling? Through the loss of Enkidu, Gilgamesh learns that not only is immortality unequal to royalty but also that because of this he must work to better maintain the reign he does have while he is living. Before the passing of his beloved counterpart, Gilgamesh cared only for self gratification. Seeing Enkidu have his soul ripped from his body and then watching his emails deteriorate in useless hopes of his resurrection took a great toll on him and his mind. It is the first time that the idea of death actually hits him and causes him to ask “When I die, shall I not be like Enkidu?(Heidel 64)”. This propels his quest for self existence and eternal life that answers to no god. However if immortality was equal to royalty, Gilgamesh’s reign on the throne of Uruk would be just as everlasting as his life if he had power over death. Another example of immortality being unequal to royalty and the struggle to maintain royalty can be seen in the story of Monkey . From his birth out of stone, Monkey began life under the impression that his existence was independent so there is truly no surprise that he would venture out into the world and become fascinated in gaining immortality. His desire for knowledge propelled him forward to obtain his goals however this same constant desire also gave him a “this not good enough, I want better” mentality. This can be seen constantly through his journey. In the very beginning of his quest, he argues with his master about what he will learn, he tells the Dragon King that the weapons he has to offer are too light and just wont do. He is ungrateful in all that is given to him and believes that just because he has conquered a group of monkeys and is a
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master at only one realm of knowledge that he is deserving of all things great. However
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