Gilgamesh: Man's First Story by Bernarda Bryson

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What is the significance and role of the dreams of Enkidu just before his death, and why is Gilgamesh so afraid after Enkidu's death?

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Dreams are very important as prophecy in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh has a dream that foretold the coming of Enkidu, and he dreamed again portending the the defeat of Huwawa. After Enkidu was injured by the Bull of Heaven, he had a dream that the council of the Gods was discussing him and said he must die for his role in defeating the Bull of Heaven. Then he had several other dreams of his impending death before he died. The fact that he had several dreams about his death heightens its importance and makes clear the fact that his death was not a natural consequence of injuries, but rather a punishment from the gods.

Although Gilgamesh is truly grieved by the enormity of the death of his only true friend, I believe that his great fear comes from the fear of his own mortality. Up till now, in his life, Gilgamesh has always been able to overcome...

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