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The Evolution of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story told for thousands of years The people of Uruk narrate the tale of the main character Gilgamesh Gilgamesh has the body of a god and strength no one could ever compete with He is two-third godone-third man and the king of Uruk He is very immature It makes one wonder how he was ever appointed the king of this city Gilgamesh is also arrogant selfish and disrespectful He kills sons and has sex with all the virgins leaving them impure for their future husbands Gilgamesh is forceful and he answers to no one The people of Uruk cry out to the gods for help because Gilgamesh is destroying the city with his actions The sky god Anu hears the pleas of the citizens of Uruk and decides to do something about his behavior He creates his counterpart Enkidu who will match Gilgameshs strength Enkidu is a wild man He runs with animals and is their protector against humans The temple harlot Shamhat goes to the watering hole where all the animals gather She offers herself to him and he remains with her for six days and seven nights This is when Enkidu crosses into manhood He loses his strength and his ability to run with the animals The animals shun him Enkidu then leaves with Shamhat to travel to the city of Uruk It is at this point that Enkidu begins his learning process He learns through his travels how to eat how to speak and how to wear clothes He is going from an animal to a man At this point of the story I did not think very highly of Shamhat and felt that she had seduced poor Enkidu and took him away from the ones he considered family Evolution is the gradual development of something into a more complex or better form The main
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