The Epic of Gilgamesh

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How does Enkidu act as Gilgamesh's alter ego? In what ways are their personalities similiar? In what ways are their personalities different?

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Both Enkidu and Gilgamesh are valiant, powerful warriors who courageously embark on a quest to kill Humbaba, the monster that guards the Cedar Forest. They are also both passionate individuals, and they genuinely love one another. Both Enkidu and Gilgamesh make several mistakes and end up disrespecting the gods in various ways. Unfortunately, Enkidu pays the ultimate price after inciting the wrath of Enlil and Ishtar. Despite their many similarities, Enkidu and Gilgamesh have drastically different upbringings and possess different personality traits. At the start of the epic, Gilgamesh is portrayed as a tyrant who is two parts god and one part man. Gilgamesh is the omnipotent king of Uruk, and his character represents civilization and...

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