The Epic of Gilgamesh has many archetypal overtones, and it represents human society in numerous ways. Aside from clear themes such as religion, the search for meaning and immortality or legacy, and the need for community, the story of Enkindu within the overall narrative is a particularly specific representation of humanity as a whole.
Enkindu is the man-beast who becomes Gilgamesh's best friend. Found in the wild, he represents mankind's origins as uncivilized beasts. He eventually comes into society and learns to be truly human by gaining community—particularly with Gilgamesh. The two end up working together to find the secret to immortality, which is the existential goal of humanity. During all of this, Gilgamesh's city becomes a renowned civilization of which he is the king, showing the ascent of humanity through its pursuits.
Society is presented as an interesting force in The Epic of Gilgamesh . It is a rather traditional society, with men and women handling different roles....
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