A Godlike Bond Essay

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Bo Etchison Michael Downs September 9, 2012 History 2311 A Godlike Bond Gilgamesh and Enkidu have a friendship that is an example for all of Uruk to follow. The reason their friendship works so well is, because the Gods themselves made Enkidu to compliment, and complete Gilgamesh. With Enkidu by his side, Gilgamesh learns a lot about himself and how to treat others. Even after Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh is a changed man and is no longer abusive and arrogant towards the people of Uruk. Before Enkidu was created, Gilgamesh was very cruel to his people. He deflowered the brides of his city, and was constantly challenging the citizens to compete with him (which is clearly a superior being, with him being part God). This causes the people to pray to the Gods that they make a equal that can challenge Gilgamesh. Enkidu is the opposite of Gilgamesh. Where Gilgamesh is civilized, Enkidu is “a savage bull”(pg 4). Gilgamesh is arrogant, and Enkidu is compassionate. Enkidu shows this compassion with his first interaction with Gilgamesh. When told that Gilgamesh is going to deflower another bride, Enkidu rushes to Uruk to match him. Although, Enkidu has hardly had any human interaction he feels compassion for the people of Uruk. When Enkidu challenges Gilgamesh they spar on the ground. This is the first time Gilgamesh has truly been matched. When they end the fight, this marks the beginning of the new Gilgamesh, who has become one with Enkidu to become a great king. The bond between Gilgamesh and Enkidu (civilized and wild) proves to be a successful one. Enkidu’s arrival causes Gilgamesh to rethink his legacy, and what he’s accomplished as king of Uruk. The two decide to go and conquer the land of the cedars. To conquer the forest, Gilgamesh and Enkidu are faced with Humbaba (created by Enlil to protect the cedar). Enkidu was a great ally to have in

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