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The epic yarn Gilgamesh leaves the reader with the sour taste of pessimism when she finishes the book This pessimistic ending is not the happy ending I was expecting to see considering the tragic ambiance of the rest of the story The entire last part of the book from Enkidus death onward is nothing but more sorrow for Gilgamesh The book likes to give Gilgamesh hope Then crush him with more tragedy It is almost as if the more he tries the worse it gets for him After Enkidus death Gilgamesh embarks on a crusade to bring Enkidu back to life His quest takes him traveling across the sea of death in search of Utnapishtim Gilgamesh spends a lot time and effort in search of Utnapishtim He travels great lengths as well as risks his life in attempting to bring life back to his lost friend His journey finally takes him to Urshanabi Urshanabis presence gives Gilgamesh a spark of hope of getting his friend back This hope is then shattered by Urshanabi when he says The stone images are destroyed If you had been as reverent with them as with your friend they might have helped you cross p69 This is the beginning of a vicious cycle that Gilgamesh goes through He gets his hopes up Then they are destroyed only to be brought up again The cycle continues when Gilgamesh finally reaches Utnapishtim Gilgamesh thinks he is very close to eternal life but Utnapishtim annihilates that hope when he tells Urshanabi to bring Gilgamesh back across the sea of death The final spin in the cycle starts when Gilgamesh gets the thorny plant from the river floor To Gilgamesh this plant is much more than hope It symbolizes the purpose of his life to resurrect Enkidu At this point Gilgamesh thinks he has finally won He has the key to eternal life When the serpent eats the flower Gilgamesh is devastated All that
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