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Gilgamesh who is two-thirds God and one-third human was a creature of extraordinary strength courage and beauty All throughout the poem he desires to be immortal like the Gods Gilgamesh is a character who is not looked upon too favorably by his people He does numerous things to displease his people For instance he sleeps with the virgin brides before the groom on their wedding night In my opinion the only reason why he gets away with a lot of the things that he does is not because of his kingship but because of his enormous amount of courage and strength given to him No one will stand up to him There are many examples throughout the story that demonstrates Gilgameshs quest for immortality One of the main reasons why Gilgamesh strives for immortality is because of Enkidus death He notices how Enkidus pain and suffering causes Enkidu to feel shame as he gradually dies and he doesnt want it to happen to him After Enkidus death Gilgamesh felt that he could avoid death by becoming a God Gilgamesh approaches Siduri to gain knowledge on becoming a God She explains to him that trying to become a God is not the way to avoid death because the Gods gave death to man and he needs to embrace death Siduri isnt the only one who tries to Gilgamesh that his destiny was not to become a God Before he died Enkidu prophesied to Gilgamesh of a dream that he had He told Gilgamesh that Enlil had determined that his destiny was of kingship and not that of immortality Even though Gilgamesh was one of the most powerful men on earth He felt that he possessed qualities of the Gods and could measure up to the Gods He was first blessed with beauty Which is one of the attributes of most Gods He was strong The story mentions that he carried weaponry that weighed
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