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Posted September 6, 2010 at 1:49 AM via web

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What values was The Epic of Gilgamesh (the flood story) meant to impress upon the audience?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:48 AM (Answer #1)

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The story does want to convey a message of humbleness and acceptance of our own weaknesses and limitations. It is the story of a very narcissistic king who wants to take over everything and everyone. His ambition blinds him to the fact that humans are not indispensible, and that we all have a beginning and an end: That we are not the ones who decide what will happen in the end, but (in the case of the story), fate was in the hands of the gods. Therefore, the story is clearly a lesson in human reality, and in the inevitability of death and destiny.

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