What important change(s) does Gilgamesh undergo during the course of the story?

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An interesting question. Gilgamesh undergoes a number of important changes.

He was a bad ruler (essentially a sloppy tyrant) until the people pray to the gods, who create Enkidu to help them.

After they fight, they become friends and Gilgamesh becomes a better ruler. He shifts from abusing power to wanting to do great things. Essentially by gaining a true friend he becomes a hero.

When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh travels to the land of the dead to try to get him back, but can't. Gilgamesh weeps, but gains wisdom.

So, bad ruler to good.
Non-hero to hero.
Alone to true friend.
Shallow to wise.


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