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The Epic of Gilgamesh
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AP World History B1
4 September 2013
The Epic of Gilgamesh
What is the meaning of the story of the taming of Enkidu by the harlot? The harlot represent civilization and Enkidu represents the wild. Once Enkidu chooses the harlot (civilization), he can’t return back to the wild anymore. Enkidu’s story repeats the story of humankind, the passage from mere animal existence to self-awareness and culture.

Does Enkidu also tame Gilgamesh? Enkidu does not tame Gilgamesh, instead he becomes Gilgamesh’s equal. Gilgamesh has a dream, which when interpreted by his mother, shows Enkidu, a man who will become Gilgamesh’s friend and greatest companion.

What two worlds do Gilgamesh and Enkidu represent? Enkidu represents the wild and nature. The beginning of his life was spent living in the hills, where his only companions were animals. Even his appearance was wild, with a rough body, long hair, and matted hair covering his body. Gilgamesh on the other hand, represents a world of nobility. Gilgamesh was a king, who was given a perfect body by the gods.

Do the authors or listeners of The Epic think city life is better than country life? I believe that the listeners might think that city life is better, because they wouldn’t be reading deep in to the passage. Back in ancient times, epics were usually told by way of mouth, so the listeners wouldn’t be analyzing every sentence in the passage. When you actually look at the author’s words, they say that even though city life is more civilized, it is more complicated than life in the country.

According to The Epic, what are the advantages of city life?
City life on it’s own is civilized, unlike life in the country. The city has created an environment where everyday is celebrated like a holiday, and where everyone is at their finest.

What problems does it have? A problem of the city is that under Gilgamesh’s rule, people have grown bitter and frustrated.

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