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Sublett 1 Susan Sublett 031400 Classics of World Lit Honors DrHaavisto Gilgamesh A Glance at Friendship Throughout history the stories poems and songs have all held common themes They help to explain the importance of certain aspects of life and one of these is friendship Friendship is a necessary aspect of life In the ancient Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh friendship plays an avid part of the story Gilgamesh is an oppressive king and Enkidu is like the king of the animals Gilgamesh The power of friendship is shown throughout the story in the actions of the characters Friendship is first shown soon after Gilgamesh and Enkidu meet A companion who is your equal In strength a person loyal to a friend Who will not forsake you and whom you Will never wish to leave Gilgamesh 19 Gilgamesh had been told that he would soon find a friend Enkidu was Gilgameshs equal so the people of the city mistook him and started to praise Enkidu and this caused their meeting In the silence of the people they began to laugh And clutched each other in their breathless exaltation 24 What started in a fight ended up being a budding of a wonderful friendship Gilgamesh and Enkidus bond of friendship was immediately strong They were like brothers and decided to fight evil together Their adventure is another example of friendship They had embraced and made their vow To stay together always No matter what the obstacle 27 Throughout the fight against Humbaba up until the death Sublett 2 of Enkidu they were inseperateable Although Enkidu was mute and physically hurt one friend would help the other when their weakness was evident An example of this is when Ishtar sent the Bull of Heaven down to kill Gilgamesh Enkidu to protect his friend Found strength 45 Enkidu used his knowledge of animals to destroy the bull but it cost him his life A
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