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The Epic of Gilgamesh Summary

Gilgamesh is the young, strong and wise king of Uruk made by gods and does whatever he wishes. He amuses himself with wives and daughters, which causes his people to cry out. The gods listen to the people's cries and decide to send forth the noble Enkidu. Enkidu initiallly lives as a wild beast until a female seduces him and causes him to forget the ways of the wild and focus on what the human world has to offer. Enkidu fights Gilgamesh when he meets him which leads to deep friendship between two god-like humans.Later the two go on a jouney where they kill a mighty beast named Humbaba. They return to Uruk triumphant with his head and after a celebration the goddess Ishtar wishes for Gilgamesh to be her lover. Gilgamesh rejects her offer thus bringing Ishtar's anger in the form of the Bull of Heaven. After Gilgamesh and Enkidu kill it, the gods decide that one of the heroes must die for their behavior. They choose Enkidu and he dies after suffering for 12 days. This shatters Gilgamesh and makes him mourns for many days. He becomes terrified of his mortality and wishes to escape this inevitable outcome. He decides to seek out Utnapishtim, the only human who recieved immortality from the gods. It is told that Utnapishtim saved humanity by building a boat when a great flood came upon the earth as a result of the gods' anger.

Themes and Main Topics Within The Story

A main theme of Gilgamesh is immortality and how it symbolizes ego and self-centeredness. As seen in the story immortality is inferior to kindness and wisdom that is why at the end of the story Gilgamesh gives up immortality for Uruk. 

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