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Freud and Mason Religion and Freedom Theme Themes such as religion and freedom are prevalent in both Gilgamesh by Herbert Mason and Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud Throughout Gilgamesh the character Enkidu is portrayed as an easygoing creature who has an overwhelming sense of freedom in his everyday life This is comparable to Freuds understanding of the oceanic feeling which is a sensation of eternity a feeling as of something limitless unboundedthe source of religious energy Freud 11 Also Freud presents a concept involving the feeling of freedom when he talks about the libido He speaks of its ability to make a man and woman happy and how it is the ultimate free feeling This idea is parallel to Enkidus experience with the prostitute in Gilgamesh giving him a whole new idea of his body and feelings This is a different kind of freedom sexual freedom This sexual freedom can also be described as a religious feeling too Some people feel that the actual act of sex is a very free and religious feeling because of the deep love felt between the two people involved And this concept of love leads me into the next point that both books talk about love between two people and how it is a very unrestrained feeling This is shown in Gilgamesh between Enkidu and Gilgamesh men who feel a very deep connection to each other Also in Civilization and Its Discontents when Freud talks about how at the height of being in love the boundary between ego and object threatens to melt away Freud 13 basically saying that love is a very intense feeling that makes people feel boundless One main idea presented in both writings by Mason and Freud is the religious feeling one gets when they are in an environment that has no limitations In Gilgamesh Mason describes how Enkidu acts and feels when he is one with nature Enkidu was
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