What was the author's purpose in writing The Epic of Gilgamesh, and who was the intended audience? 

The author's purpose in writing The Epic of Gilgamesh is likely to have been to impart various truths and life lessons in an interesting, engaging manner by means of oral tradition. Since the author is unknown, the specific intended audience is also unknown, but it seems likely that the message would have resonated with young and old in Mesopotamia at the time it was written.

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The first point that must be covered in answering this question is that the author of The Epic of Gilgamesh is unknown. It is likely that the story began as an oral tradition, being told to children and grandchildren throughout many generations.

I would argue that the purpose of the story was to impart certain life truths in an interesting and memorable way. For example, looking at how Gilgamesh and Enkidu both became better people after becoming friends shows the universal importance of friendship. Gilgamesh learns some tough lessons along the way, which are likely to have been intended to resonate with their original audience. For example, Gilgamesh fails to earn immortality, which, it can easily be argued, no one should ever have.

There are a number of moral messages in this text, such as warnings about immorality together with remarkable similarities to Old Testament scriptures, with specific reference to Gilgamesh's Noah-like role in building an ark to survive a massive flood.

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