The Epic Of Gilgamesh Rhetorical Analysis

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Gilgamesh begins his journey with a flawed self-image, obsessed with finding immortality and destroying anything in path to gain what he believes he deserves. The physical journey does not change him, as he gains nor loses anything. Gilgamesh begins his expedition, afraid of death, ignoring the teachings of others and unable to see beyond what is in front of him. He inadvertently destroys the poles of the boat in his great hurry to reach his destination to Utnapishtim, and does not even recognize him. This fixation on eternal life drives Gilgamesh to fail to see the world around him and deny himself and his obvious imperfections (QUOTE OF SLEEP). Utnapishtim knows that Gilgamesh is unable to accept himself, so he tries to have him accept his

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