Essay on gilgamesh


Gilgamesh is an epic story which was written in the year 2700BCE. It stars two warriors, Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The epic story addresses or rather features some of the challenges that men basically face as well as shedding light on some of the psychological truths. The issues discussed are sex, love and death and how they affect the way men live their lives. One of the themes or rather messages which are brought out in the story is friendship. This is what is mainly going to be the main focus.
Gilgamesh and Enkidu meet in battle as where they wage war against each other. Each of these men is equally strong and skillful like the other and thus because of this they become great friends. Gilgamesh is a mighty warrior who manages a very big city and because of this he does whatever he feels like (George 56). No one can really stand on his way. He is basically a promiscuous person. For this reason, the gods, of those times, create another warrior, Enkidu, to be a companion to Gilgamesh. As the story progresses, this is what happens and as stated earlier a friendship between the two erupts. They fight hand in hand as the bond between them becomes tight. Nearly everything they do together. Gilgamesh and Enkidu stay together and comfort each other in times of hardship (George 34). This shows the intensity for their friendship. They would literally die for each other if it came to that point. From this Gilgamesh learns a lot and he stops being a promiscuous person as he gets a friend with whom they perfectly relate. That is what signifies the friendship between them.

Work cited

George, R., trans. & edit. The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic: Critical Edition and Cuneiform Texts. England: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198149220.