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Many themes are included in the story of Gilgamesh To me the main theme of the story is death is unavoidable The main the of the epic is shown through Enkidus death After Enkidus death Gilgamesh comes to the realization that one day he too will die like his friend did The fact that Enkidu is a close friend makes it even more visible to Gilgamesh that everyone is mortal He sets out to find Utnapishtim the only mortal that the gods have granted eternal life in attempt to find the secret of immortality After a long dangerous journey through the land of darkness through the garden of the gods and across the waters of death Gilgamesh arrives a shore where Utnapishtim lives Gilgamesh recounts the story of Enkidus death to Utnapishtim and how he came to his shore He asks Utnapishtim to tell him the secret of eternal life Utnapishtim advises Gilgamesh that death is a necessary fact because it is the will of the gods Gilgamesh pursues the issue further until Utnapishtim recounts how he received immortality and tells him the greatest secret hidden from humans At the end of his story Utnapishtim offers Gilgamesh a chance at immortality If Gilgamesh can stay awake for six days and seven nights he too will become immortal Gilgamesh accepts these conditions and sits down on the shore the instant he sits down he falls asleep When Gilgamesh awakes he deigns that he had fallen asleep Utnapishtim points to the loaves of bread that his wife laid at his side to count the number of days he slept Utnapishtims wife convinces the old man to have mercy on him he offers Gilgamesh in place of immortality a secret plant that will make Gilgamesh young again The plant is at the bottom of the ocean surrounding the shore Gilgamesh ties stones to his feet sinks to the bottom and plucks the magic plant But he doesnt use
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