The Epic of Gilgamesh Questions and Answers
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, what characteristics do the ancient Sumerians value, as evidenced in their hero, Gilgamesh?
The relationship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh remains a major focus of The Epic of Gilgamesh. What kind of relationship do these characters share? Is this a rewarding/defeating/problematic relationship for both of them? Why or why not? If the friendship did not exist, how would that affect Gilgamesh's status as a hero?
1. What two worlds do Enkidu and Gilgamesh represent? 2. Do the authors think city life is better than life in the country? 3. According to the epic, what are the advantages of the city? 4. What problems does city life pose? 5. What is the meaning of the story?
How would you compare and contrast Enkidu's fall from a state of nature to that experienced by Adam and Eve? To what extent is it meaningful/ distracting to discuss Biblical parallels in analyzing the Epic of Gilgamesh? Why or why not engage in such an exercise?
Is Gilgamesh’s name significant, despite the fact that he loses the plant that would return him to his youth in The Epic of Gilgamesh? In what ways is it a fitting name despite his failure in the quest for immortality? How, in fact, has he actually accomplished immortality?
What is an example of the gods in The Epic of Gilgamesh being involved in the problems of the humankind?
What does The Epic of Gilgamesh have to say abut the nature of good and evil? In what parts does it explore the battle between good and evil, and which force triumphs in the end?
Compare and contrast the Flood stories of the Bible and The Epic of Gilgamesh? What are some differences in the story and what are some similarities?
Why did Hammurabi have copies of his Code carved into stone and placed at important locations throughout Babylon?
The god Enlil unleashed the flood on the city of Shurrupak because "the world bellowed like a wild bull." What does this reveal about how the Babylonians viewed their gods and their environment?
What aspects of friendship are seen in The Epic of Gilgamesh and how do we see them reflected in Sumerian culture?
In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why is Gilgamesh 2/3 god 1/3 man, not 1/2 god 1/2 man, since you can only have 2 parents?
According to Siduri, what is the lot of man and what is the Mesopotamian afterworld like in the Epic of Gilgamesh?
What do you think the significance is of Enkidu's murmuring love for six days and seven nights with the harlot?
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