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Gilgamesh Essay

  • Submitted by: helpme1
  • on December 9, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 733 words

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The epic of Gilgamesh begins with Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk. He is a civilized man that eats bread and drinks wine.   He is two thirds divine and one third man.   He lives in a city with a brick wall surrounding it. He is known for terrorizing his people. The people of Uruk cry out to the sky god Anu for help against Gilgamesh.   After being asked for help, Anu tells Aruru the goddess of creation to create a man that is equal to Gilgamesh.   Aruru then creates Enkidu.   Enkidu is an uncivilized man who basically lives in the wild. Enkidu is seduced by a harlot from the temple of love in Uruk.   After being seduced by this woman, Enkidu loses his strength and become civilized.   He becomes smart and starts to understand the world.   The wild beasts reject him. The harlot then offers to take Enkidu to Uruk where Gilgamesh lives, the only man worthy of Enkidu's friendship.   Gilgamesh has a dream about Enkidu.   He told his mother Ninsun about his dream. Then after a fight, Enkidu and Gilgamesh become devoted friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu quickly become bored after becoming friends.   Aften the brief period of boredom, Gilgamesh proposes an idea.   The idea is to go into the great cedar forest and cut down trees in order to build a monument for the gods.   To accomplish this goal they have to kill the guardian of the Cedar Forest Humbaba.   Gilgamesh and Enkidu end up killing Humbaba.   After leaving the forest Gilgamesh and Enkidu are dirty and have blood all over their bodies.   While Gilgamesh is cleaning himself Ishtar, the goddess of love and beauty notices Gilgamesh and offers to become his wife.   When Gilgamesh refuses to marry Ishtar and insults her, Ishtar becomes extremely mad.   She then asks her father Anu to let her have the Bull of Heaven so she can ruin Gilgamesh and his city of Uruk.   Anu gives Ishtar the Bull of Heaven.   Ishtar sends the bull down to Uruk to terrorize the people.   Gilgamesh and Enkidu work together to kill the bull and successufully complete the...

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