Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Questions and Answers
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In Gilgamesh, how is Nature viewed, specifically the forests, animals, and wildlife, especially its destruction and neglect?

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In Gilgamaesh, nature is viewed as uncivilized. It is guarded by Humbaba, the one who guards the forest. For man to become civilized, nature must be tamed. Nature in itself is as wild as the animals that live in it. Gilgamesh and Enkidu attempt to tame the forest by killing Humbaba.

Mankind must tame nature in order to make a civilized kingdom....

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