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Gilgamesh is a character that evolves throughout the epic of Gilgamesh Throughout the first half of the epic Gilgamesh is depicted as courageous and heroic on a quest of terror with his great companion Enkidu In the end after accepting that he too will have to die and be subject to fate Gilgamesh settles back into his city setting only this time to be a wise king rather than the foolish hero he once wasGilgameshs character is something a reader might question after reading the first half of the epic because Gilgamesh is forceful and acts as if he answers to no one Another characteristic of Gilgameshs personality is his dependency on companionship from Enkidu Early in the epic it is shown how sovereign the people think Gilgameshs rule is There was no withstanding the aura or power of the Wild Ox Gilgamesh Neither the fathers son nor the wife of the noble neither the mothers daughter nor the warriors bride was safeI ii 31-34 This passage proves the people know he is a strong man It also shows us that the people do not find it surprising if Gilgamesh starts to become involved with another mans wife Another time we find Gilgamesh is going to take the bride of a man if Enkidu does not intervene and stop him IIIII iii 60-70 These are only a few of the times Gilgameshs character loses its status among the readers Actions similar to these also made the elders question his leadership Is this the shepherd of the people Is this the wise shepherd protector of the peopleI ii 35-36 They obviously thought he was not up to par in his duties as a kingIt is surprising that with a person as dictating and forceful as Gilgamesh he still longs for and needs human companionship We see he will have a companion that will not forsake him when Gilgameshs dream is interpreted by his momI iv 166-179
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