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The Hero The Mesopotamian society is dead It has long been buried in the mud of history Its roots live on through societies that exist today The ruler of Uruk Gilgamesh is also dead The popular tale The Epic of Gilgamesh lives on as well being passed from generation to generation I believe the major theme of The Epic of Gilgamesh is the striving to live on forever A society such as Mesopotamia would strive to live on and conquer They would strive to be the most powerful society in the area The tale of Gilgamesh is about the historic ruler of Uruk The tale tells that he is two-thirds god and one-third mortal man Gilgamesh feels the power of the gods but still has to deal with the hardships of mortal man like pain and death He sets out to find the plants of everlasting life He thrives to stay alive forever He does this with his loving friend Enkidu until he is murdered on one of the episodes of his adventure I believe Gilgamesh treasures his friendship the most He has everything in life he needs power strength and woman He lacks only one thing friendship His companion is brought to life by the other gods and the love he feels for Enkidu is like nothing he as ever felt before Gilgamesh comes from a society much like that of Mesopotamia We can learn many things about the Mesopotamian society by reading The Epic of Gilgamesh First we learn something of the people who lived in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the second and third millenniums BCE Then we can further learn that they celebrated a king named Gilgamesh we know they believed in many gods we know they were self-conscious of their own cultivation of the natural world and we know they were literate This story helps us view the gift of mortality and
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