Death In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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Death in the Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh has a lot of “death” in it, not in the senses of people dying but more of the spiritual significance and how the people interpreted death before the days of Christ. This poem of the one-third God and two-thirds mortal, Gilgamesh tells us a lot about what the people of that time believed about in death. To them it was impossible to avoid death because you where a mortal and destiny can not be changed. From the death of a small animal to the death of a hero, death always has a great effect on the world of Gilgamesh. The first great death in Gilgamesh’s life with his friend Enkidu that cascaded into the future was the death of the watchmen, Humbaba. A second example of death playing a great role in Gilgamesh’s life is when Enkidu his best friend dies from being sick; the great king goes in a rage and turns into a wild animal that Enkidu once was, to owner his death. The last and final example of death that made the king the oldest myth to this day was his understanding that he had to die and could not live on forever. With these three examples, also being the main parts of the myth, we can prove and see that death is a common and essential theme in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Filled with no fear the two great hero’s Enkidu and Gilgamesh set out to have the glory of fame, to have their names written in stone so they will be forever remembered. To have such glory the two heroes set out to do the impossible, go in the forest which stretches for thousands of legs find and kill the great watchmen of the cedar forest, Humbaba. Humbaba “teeth are dragon’s fangs, his countenance is like a lion, his charge is the rushing of the flood, with his look he crushes alike the trees of the forest and reeds in the swamp”(80). With Enkidu at the head the two navigate their way through the ever-lasting forest, as Enkidu was born there,

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