ENG 208 Gilgamesh
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English 208 The Epic of Gilgamesh 1 According to the epic what is the origin and purpose of Enkidu The people of Uruk lamented to the gods of the oppressive treatment they had endured under Gilgamesh s rule In response to their pleas the goddess of creation Aruru creates Enkidu by dipping her hands in water and pinched off clay she let it fall in the wilderness Gilgamesh 13 Enkidu was a primitive man covered by hair and lived with the animals in the wilderness Aruru created Enkidu as an equal to Gilgamesh in form and strength Enkidu tempered the oppression of the people of Uruk by being a brother friend and counselor to Gilgamesh 2 What is the course of the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu The gods created Enkidu as an equal to Gilgamesh and he was an equal in every way but temperament When they first met it was as combatants Gilgamesh was about to claim the droit de seigneur rights with an unsuspecting new bride but Enkidu barred his entrance to the newlyweds home Enkidu and Gilgamesh wrestled which ended in a draw Afterward they embraced in friendship Early on in the new relationship Gilgamesh scorns Enkidu s reluctance to pursue and kill Humbaba The relationship with Enkidu changed Gilgamesh s life After the death of Enkidu and failing Utnapishtim s test Gilgamesh learned the meaning of love devotion and valor Gilgamesh 40 3 Why does Gilgamesh reject Ishtar s marriage proposal Ishtar the goddess of love and fertility and daughter of Anu the god of air proposed marriage to Gilgamesh King of Uruk Gilgamesh refused and scorned her proposal Gilgamesh reminded her of the tragic fates of all her previous lovers Although she was the goddess of love Ishtar was fickle with her heart and love which ended with her lovers being killed or maimed This rejection forced Ishtar to prevail upon Anu her father demanding recourse for this slight Anu sends the Bull of Heaven to avenge Ishtar Gilgamesh and Enkidu battle and destroyed the Bull throwing the head at Ishtar s feet Angered and insulted again she curses Enkidu with disease which led to twelve days of suffering and then his death Lindemans 2 4 How does the story of Utnapishtim compare to other ood narratives with which you are familiar The story of Utnapishtim is comparative to the Hebrew story of Noah in many aspects however there are a few differences In both narratives the gods were displeased with humankind and decided to send the great ood to wipe out all life in the world but for a select group Both Utnapishtim and Noah were commanded to build a multilevel wooden vessel sealed with pitch and having only a single door The vessels contained the builder a few other people and specimens of every species in the world The great ood covered all land and even the mountains Utnapishtim and Noah s vessels landed on a mountain in the Middle East The gods in the stories regretted the harsh punishment meted onto humankind Robinson 3 The narratives differ in that Utnapishtim received his commandment in a dream whereas Noah was instructed directly from his god Although both vessels landed on a mountain in the Middle East the Babylonian vessel landed on Mount Nisir and the Hebrew ark landed on Mount Ararat The Babylonian ood was caused by six days of constant rain and the rains of the Hebrew ood lasted forty days and forty nights Robinson 4 One has to wonder which story actually happened first or is it possible that both stories are recounting the same ood 5 What contemporary applications can you find for the themes developed in the epic The theme of mortality developed in the Epic of Gilgamesh can be applied to people s lives in today s society After Enkidu s death Gilgamesh was afraid of death and sought out Utnapishtim to find out how to become immortal Gilgamesh 30 In today s society people are always trying to find ways to prolong their lives or cheat death Through diet and exercise plastic surgery or creams and ointments people are trying to prolong their lives for as long as possible In the quest to cheat death some turn to cryogenics By freezing their bodies they believe that they can be revived sometime in the future when there is a cure for the disease or ailment that caused their death therefore cheating death As with Gilgamesh most will eventually learn to make the most of the time they have been allotted if it is not too late Works Cited Lindemans Micha F quotIshtarquot 25 july 2004 Encvclopedia Mvthica Web 28 August 2011 lthttpWWWpantheonorgarticlesiishtarhtmlgt na quotGilgameshquot na The Norton AnthologV of World Literature Ed S Lawall and M Mack Trans N K Sanders Second Edition Vol A New York W W Norton amp Company Inc 2002 1041 Print Robinson BA quotComparison of the Babylonian and Noachian ood storiesquot 19 December 2007 ReligiousToleranceorg Web 29 August 2011 lthttpWWWreligioustoleranceorgnoahcomhtmgt
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