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A firefighter enters a burning building to rescue a young girl trapped on the top floor A mighty superhero easily lifts a gigantic monster off the ground and throws him into the bottomless pit A scientist uses his knowledge of medicine to create an antidote for a deadly epidemic Heroes in different stories are often described as people who are courageous strong or wise One particular anecdote that illustrates the perfect example of such a protagonist is the legendary myth of Gilgamesh which recounts the adventures of Gilgamesh and Enkidu two friends who are equally valiant stalwart and insightful Although both men are considered idyllic heroes Enkidu seems to be a more favorable character Unlike Gilgamesh Enkidu possesses a virtuous personality which renders him a greater protagonist Even when Enkidu lived a savage life he already had a sense of righteousness He constantly released the animals from the hunters traps as a way to express his gratitude for their milk After the priestess transformed him into a civilized human being he gained a greater understanding and wisdom 187 When the shepherds clothed him and nourished him with bread and wine Enkidu displayed his appreciation by using his weapon to kill the wolves and lions so the shepherds could rest at night 188 Through slaughtering his former companions for the benefit of those who helped him Enkidu demonstrated his knowledge of morality In contrast Gilgamesh did not understand the importance of respecting others He interfered in the lives of his subjects beyond his right as king 185 which made him a resented individual among his people As a result the citizens of Uruk looked to Enkidu as their salvation from Gilgameshs tyranny In addition to being an impertinent king Gilgamesh possessed hubris as well Because of his godly abilities Gilgamesh perceived himself as an invulnerable mortal even though he was aware of his doomed fate He sought to challenge a great monster named Humbaba whom his
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