scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 500
Does Gilgamesh learn anything significant as the epic progresses I shall argue that yes Gilgamesh does learn something of significance as the epic progresses He learns to love care for others accept himself and do what his right for his society In the beginning of the story Gilgamesh does not fear death let alone anything else His strength and power encourage him to be a proud and arrogant king The gods are angry with Gilgamesh so they send down a creature of equal size and strength to battle with him Enkidu and Gilgamesh become companions and from this Gilgamesh learns to love After witnessing his companion face death Gilgamesh develops his own fear of death A worm drops out of Enkidus nose and Gilgamesh realizes that he too will become only dirt and clay when he dies 60 This pushes Gilgamesh to search for the gift of achieving an immortal life His reasons for becoming immortal come from his own self-interest He searches to find Utnapishtim who has the answer to immortality Although feeling alone without his companion Gilgameshs strength allows him to still conquer many obstacles As he searches for Utnapishtim he is determined to find the answer to immortality After finding Utnapishtim Gilgamesh learns that Utnapishtim gained his immortality through his own wisdom by listening to the gods Gilgamesh then fails the challenge of keeping himself awake for a week in order to show his worth to become admitted as a god A new realization occurs and Gilgamesh accepts that death is his fate 77 So he prepares to head home after his long and tiresome journey back to the city of Uruk Before leaving Utnapishtim informs Gilgamesh of the How-the-Old-Man-Once-Again-Becomes-a-Young-Man plant as a gift for making the journey that no mortal has ever crossed before 79 Gilgameshs motives for obtaining this plant change No longer in the interest of his own self Gilgamesh wants to attain the plant to give new life
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA