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Gilgamesh and Enkidu are both similar and different in many ways Some of their traits affect each other throughout the course of the plot whether it be their actions or their character Gilgamesh a king who is two-thirds god and one-third human begins in the story as a very arrogant and tyrannic man The gods gave him every reason to be when they endowed with a perfect body wealth power and the ability to instill fear into his subjects However I would assume that the gods had hoped he would have been somewhat humble despite the gifts bestowed upon him and rather use them to enhance his role as a king In an attempt to humble him the gods create Enkidu Enkidu a wild best of a man seems to be primarily the personification of what is evil He is in no way out to make acquaintances or make a name for himself His sole purpose is to absorb Gilgameshs energies He lives like a beast and has no contact with anyone Finally the two fight resulting in a victory to Gilgamesh Enkidu becomes his faithful friend This fight and the formation of a friendship stand as the first effect upon each others character I believe Enkidu gains a lot of respect for Gilgamesh and is much more humble at this point Suggested by his actions later on in the story Enkidu also has a new found sense of loyalty to something other than himself As for Gilgamesh other than a possible gratefulness for his new found friend I think his character is left unaffected or even worse the exact opposite of what the gods had set out to do In other words its possible that he has become even more arrogant than before The battle of Humbaba also shows us some of the traits of the two First of all during the journey to Humbabas domain Enkidu seems to show us a caring
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