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In this paper I seek to explore the identities and relationships between Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the epic poem of Gilgamesh up through Enkidus death I will explore the gender identity of each independently and then in relation to each other and how their gender identity influences that relationship I will also explore other aspects of their identity and how they came to their identities as well through theories such as social conditioning I will investigate the possibility that Gilgamesh and Enkidu enjoy a homosexual relationship since modern times allow such investigations which only 20 years ago were considered extemporaneous to ancient texts by traditions western conventions Conversely I will also consider the possibility of a heterosexual male-male relationship in the terms of Platonic love In addition to this I will touch briefly at times on the unique relationship each has to a world that is caught up in a change from nature and natural things to what we call a civilized life or an urban life In the beginning of the epic poem Gilgamesh the main character Gilgamesh is conveyed as a generally immoral human his genesis mythically coming from the gods Two thirds they made him god and one third man 19 Norton Gilgamesh He also is said to have a perfect body which is a trait of godliness in many ancient cultures When the gods created Gilgamesh they gave him a perfect body 18 Norton Gilgamesh Here again it is obvious that the myth says Gilgamesh is from the same stuff as the gods He is known for taking whatever he desires His lust leaves no virgin to her lover neither the warriors daughter or the wifes noble 19 Norton Gilgamesh He has the arrogance and audacity to simply take anything that he considers in his kingdom Clearly at least early on in the story the actions of Gilgamesh mirror that of his mythical genealogy from the gods who live by
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