The Epic of Gilgamesh

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What important change(s) does Gilgamesh undergo during the course of the story?

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As the story progresses, Gilgamesh becomes less intent upon worldly pleasures. He begins to treasure a real friendship with Enkidu and seeks to perform heroic deeds. 

At the beginning of the story, Gilgamesh is fully focused upon bedding every bride of Uruk before she consummates her marriage. Some experts call this the "right of the first night." After Enkidu challenges him to a duel, however, Gilgamesh turns his focus towards achieving great feats and becoming famous for them. Meanwhile, Enkidu admits Gilgamesh's superiority and decides to let him take the lead in their adventures after the latter defeats him in battle. 

For his part, Gilgamesh not only proposes defeating Humbaba, the demon guardian of the Cedar Forest, but he also expects to make a name for himself for doing so. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are assisted by the sun god, Shamash, in their efforts to defeat Humbaba. After Gilgamesh inflicts the killing blow on Humbaba, he is ecstatic at his accomplishment. However, he is soon...

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