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In the Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgameshs best friend Enkidu is killed and therefore causes him to be afraid of death Gilgamesh now that he is afraid of death wants to achieve immortal life so he will not have to face death 34 Gilgamesh travels far and longs to find the man who was granted everlasting life and ask him how he did indeed receive everlasting life Throughout his journey he is told time after time that he will not find everlasting life so when he finally arrives at Utnapishtim he too tells him he will not find the life he looks for So in order to prove to Gilgamesh that he will not get immortal life he tells him The Story of the Flood 38 Gilgamesh in the story is afraid of death because his best friend was killed so he sets out on a mission to achieve immortal life What Gilgamesh does not know is he will never find what he is looking for Even before he is told The Story of the Flood during his mission he comes across 2 gods who tell him that he is not going to achieve immortal life The first god Shamash who he bumps into and he tells him that he will not find the life for which you are searching for 34 After Shamash confronts him Gilgamesh then runs into the god Siduri Siduri basically tells him the same answer saying You will never find the life for which you are looking for When the gods created man they allotted to him death but life they retained in their own keeping 35 Gilgamesh still in a conquest to achieve everlasting life does not believe any of the previous gods and still wants to see Utnapishtim to see how he achieved everlasting life When Gilgamesh talks to Utnapishtim the story is no different from the rest Utnapishtim says to Gilgamesh there is no permanence 38 furthermore stating
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