Gilgamesh & Enkidu

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-Some differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu are that Gilgamesh is handsome and basically flawless in his looks; Enkidu looks almost like a beast. Gilgamesh is mostly god and is filled with courage, fearless one could say. Enkidu was born of the wild, growing up among the wild animals and learning how to live off the land, so he knows what to fear and what not to. Gilgamesh is arrogant, Enkidu is not. Some similarities between the two are that they are both strong, almost undefeatable; no match for anyone but the other one. These differences and similarities are important because it helps shape the epic and helps the story flow. -One intersting difference is that Enkidu can interpret dreams and Gilgamesh can’t. This is significant, because if Gilgamesh could interpret dreams that would make Enkidu less of a character and he would mean less to the story. Also if Gilgamesh is able to interpret dreams it would appear too much of a common placed thing and he would have no real need for Enkidu except for brute strengh. One similarity that they share is that they both show fatigue. This is significant, because it shows that they are both human and that they do have their limits. -The differences between Gilgemesh and Enkidu are that Gilgemesh came from a more prominent/noble society and the fact that Gilgemesh is 2/3 God and 1/3 man. But it just shows that Gilgemesh thinks more of himself than of other until he meets Enkidu. Enkidu came from the forest and ran and acted like the creatures that roamed the forest. The only reason why Enkidu came to Uruk was because a Harlot seduced him and the rest of the creatures in the forest shunned him because he was not like them anymore. Besides the fact that both of them are strong men and trained in hunting and killing, those attributes helped Gilgemesh and Enkidu defeat Humbaba in the Cedar forest and then later on the “Bull of Heaven”. -The two men have to be very similar because just because of the fact that the gods made Enkidu for that very purpose, that is to be Gilgameshes equal. The qualities that stand out are their lusts. They both kinda give in to their lusts. They both also have extra physical strength. Lastly they both want to be remembered which becomes their whole purpose for going on the quest. They also have some differences. For example like the fact that Gilgamesh was created as part god and Enkidu was not. Also I believe that Enkidu has a stronger will than Gilgamesh because he did stop Gilgamesh from taking his wife before marriage. -Gilgamesh is more civilized, in the sense that he is more accustomed to society and the life of human beings. Enkidu grew up in the wild, and so he is used to a somewhat primitive mindset. Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk, while Enkidu is his servant, though they both are respected as kings They are both arrogant, however Gilgamesh is more so. Gilgamesh believes he can take on Humbaba, and Enkidu believed at one point that he was as strong, if not stronger than Gilgamesh. Enkidu is more realistic and a bit more cowardly then Gilgamesh, shown through his reluctancy to seek out Humbaba. The similarities and differences are significant because Enkidu was made to be of the same caliber as Gilgamesh, but they still have obvious differences in personality and mind. -I think there are many similarities between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. They both think they are the strongest man alive, which is what makes them such a good pair. They were also both made by the gods. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are both quite fearful, especially together. Both help each remember how strong they are when they start to second guess themselves. There are many differences, though, between the two. Enkidu, unlike Gilgamesh who is two-thirds god and one-third man, was made entirely from clay. Enkidu begins his life as a wild man, running with herds of animals. Obviously, Gilgamesh did not live that kind of life, he was a king, and an epic one at that. Though they have some...
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