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In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why does Gilgamesh want to find Utnapishtim?

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In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why does Gilgamesh want to find Utnapishtim?

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Gilgamesh has watched Enkidu die and refuses to allow the final rituals to remove his body. Instead Gilgamesh mourns Enkidu for a long time watching all the horrible processes of death consume his friend. Afterward, Gilgamesh is so frightened by death and by the prospect of his own death, his own mortality, that he vows to find the way to immortality. It is for this reason that he seeks Utnapishtim who was granted immortality by Enlil. Gilgamesh wants to make Utnaoishtim share the secret of attaining immortality with him. Gilgamesh endures a horrible journey to find Utnapishtim and in the end returns to his kingdom a wise and kind ruler.

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