Transformation of Gilgamesh

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In many epic works, we often see transitions in the protagonist’s character as the story progresses. This is also true in the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the beginning of the story, the protagonist, Gilgamesh appears to be an arrogant and flawless ruler who oppresses the weak but towards the end his attitude changes; he became more modest and humble. Many experiences led Gilgamesh to question his goals towards life and ultimately altered his perception. Throughout the story, Gilgamesh act differently in many scenarios which shows the progression for his transformation; an overbearing ruler, courageous fighter, fearful and depressed man and finally as a man who is content of his possessions and achievements. In story begins with the people in Uruk describing Gilgamesh as an overly aggressive ruler who sacrifice his warriors during fights, rapes nobles’ wives, takes whatever he pleases and tramples anyone who gets in his way. (page 100, ln 1-50) To comply with his desires and restlessness, Gilgamesh sets off with Enkidu to slay the beast Humbaba hoping to gain fame. The other side of Gilgamesh begins to surface from this event, instead of a fearless and oppressive ruler that he was describe as, we can see Gilgamesh in fear trying to seeks for guidance. Surprisingly, Gilgamesh begins to face despair during his journey to battle Humbaba. Gilgamesh begins to make offerings to Shamash for help. Several dreams bring Gilgamesh doubts but with the reassurance from Enkidu, he is able to overcome the distress and defeat the demon Humbaba. “My friend, your dream is favorable, The dream is very precious as an omen… Further at dawn the word of Shamash will be in our favor.” (116: Lines 26-31) During this journey, not only did Gilgamesh experience fear but the feelings of brotherhood, love and compassion; Gilgamesh would speak to Enkidu about his fears and would embrace each other during the nights for warmth. Gilgamesh continues to be transformed by his...
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