Gilgamesh Not Gay.

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In ancient mythology, all the stories were similarly connected to each other. Two of these stories are the epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad. In the Gilgamesh story he has to discover everything about himself on a journey. He tries to do great things before going on the true journey so that he would be remembered forever. Gilgamesh travels to the Cedar Forest to defeat Humbab in the name of glory. But Achilles on the other hand wants to die in a war and be remembered as a hero who died in battle. After Enkidu's and Patroclu's death, both heroes begin a personal journey. This journey is a direct reflection of their internal struggle and journey to become better and selfless leaders. But to reach this journey one must encounter a life changing experience which in this case was losing a best friend. Throughout the epic, Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship suggest that there is love between them. They kiss and embrace frequently and in several scenes they cuddle together when weather was cold while on their journey to the Cedar Forest. This seems to imply a sexual relationship between the two of them. But there is no evidence showing its existence to be certain that their relationship is sexual. Gilgamesh and Enkidu love each other like brothers. After Enkidu blocks the door of the bride chamber, we never hear about Gilgamesh sleeping with a woman and he even finds a reason to reject Ishtar. These bits of evidence, however do not add up to a definite conclusion. Also, we do not know with any certainty what sort of sexual relationships were acceptable among Mesopotamian nobility, rendering the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu even murkier. When we first meet Gilgamesh, he is a tyrant king who terrifies the people of Uruk. After meeting Enkidu and becoming his friend Gilgamesh transform into a hero worthy of memory. This transformative effect is also exacted on Enkidu, who Gilgamesh helps move beyond his fears. The platonic love the two have for each...
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