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Three Step Notice the strong wall of our city of Uruk Despite Gilgameshes arrogance and selfishness the people of Uruk know just how much he has helped by building such a great city Is Gilgamesh a true hero despite his flaws The answer is yes according to the hero cycle The hero cycle first starts out as an unusual birth then a journey and finally ending with fulfillment In the epic story Gilgamesh Gilgamesh proves all of these hero characteristics to be true Gilgamesh had a very unusual birth His mother was a godess named Ninsun His father was Lugabanda a full mortal who had once been the king of Uruk He was born one-third man and two-third god This made Gilgamesh believe that he was better then anyone else He had it all except one thing lasting life or immortality From then on his journey was about to begin but little did he know what lied ahead Gilgamesh set out to find lasting life However he did not know that the gods above were watching him every step of the way Gilgamesh would have many obstacles and challenges to overcome One of these challenges was to defeat the evil giant HumbabaGilgamesh took this challenge head on and won He and his new found friend Enkidu traveled to the cedar forest to find and conquer the protector of the land Defeating Humbaba did not give Gilgamesh immortality but got him one step closer Instead each challenge made Gilgamesh more wise This was a strategy the gods had planned all along The final step of the hero cycle is fulfillment Gilgamesh achieves this in many ways After his adventures Gilgamesh comes away with the best gift ever Along the way he gained a best friend who would help him in every challenge Although the fate of Enkidu was sealed by the gods he later becomes very sick with a strange illness
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