Gilgamesh Change Essay

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Topic 1: describe how Gilgamesh changes throughout the Epic. In the Sumerian epic Gilgamesh, the main character changes actively throughout the book, caused by many different stimuli. In the beginning of the Epic, Gilgamesh is arrogant and self-centered, and he abuses his rights as king. Throughout the story, many things cause Gilgamesh to change into a kinder more compassionate king. He is changed when he learns of his human vulnerability to be beaten. The second reason for change is when Gilgamesh defeats Humbaba in the forest with Enkindu. And finally, when he learns that love and protecting of his people will lead to the strongest leadership. Through these main actions his personality changes and he becomes a better person. The quest for immortality after the death of Enkidu is the first sign that Gilgamesh has changed. Gilgamesh becomes frightened when he is shown up by Enkindu. He is angered and scared of the idea of death. After the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh ponders on his thought of immortality, because his friend was an equal and died, Gilgamesh pondered as to whether he could die as well. Enkindu, my dear friend who I have loved so much, Who went through everything with me. He died—like any ordinary man… (page 64) Instead of being arrogant like at the beginning of the Epic, Gilgamesh is humbled. Gilgamesh has gone from arrogant to scared. The death of Humbaba also changes Gilgamesh. Humbaba is evil. Many people who live in the city of Uruk fear Gilgamesh. Most would say that Gilgamesh himself is, in fact, evil. He does what he wants, and he tends to offend the gods. By going into the forest and facing Humbaba, Gilgamesh makes a name for himself and changes the views of the people in his city. The great deed of killing Humbaba makes him a better person because he protects his city. Although it could be argued that Gilgamesh kills
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