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Gilgamesh is an epic that has been passed down for thousands of years The epic narrates the legendary deeds of the main character Gilgamesh Gilgamesh is two-thirds immortal and one-third mortal however he cannot accept his fate that one day he too will die Gilgamesh 1 The entire epic tells the story of how Gilgamesh searches for immortality Through his many trials and tribulations Gilgamesh proves that he has great physical strength However throughout the epic Gilgamesh also shows he is emotionally unstable and immature The author created Gilgamesh with this flaw of immaturity so that he would be a more believable character The depth of Gilgameshs physical strength first appears to the reader in the prologue Gilgamesh is said to be the man to whom all things are knownGilgamesh 13 The gods created him with great care giving him beauty and courage The great gods made his beauty perfect surpassing all others terrifying like a great wild bullGilgamesh 13 Wolff writes in his study that Gilgamesh is the strongest man of his time and the greatest warrior1 Furthrermore his beauty and power were like that of no other man The poem begins by stating that Gilgamesh is an overbearing king He never sleeps due to his over indulgence in life Gilgamesh keeps the city in disruption ivolving anyone he pleases in his corrupt demands Wolff 1 He sleeps with all the virgins before they are married therefore making them inpure before their husbands have a chance to sleep with them If Gilgamesh were a mature king he would see no reason to show he is the most powerful He would lead his people with only good intentions and rule the land justly Even though Gilgamesh demonstrates great physical strength in defeating Humbaba and by killing the Bull of Heaven his emotional strength is put to the test when Enkidu his companion dies Gilgamesh wants everyone and everything to mourn his death
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