Gilgamesh Response

Samuel Floyd
Gilgamesh response

Gilgamesh, the incredibly strong and dauntingly handsome king of Uruk, is one-third human and two-thirds divinity, misuses his authority and harasses the people of his kingdom. In order to humble him (in my opinion) the gods create a wild being, named Enkidu, to challenge Gilgamesh. Enkidu faces Gilgamesh; they go into combat, but then quickly become fast friends. Yet, the serene lifestyle causes the men to grow sluggish, so Gilgamesh advises a voyage to the remote cedar forest in order to battle a terrifying fiend. During the battle with the fiend, Enkidu loses heart leaving Gilgamesh to fight the wood beast alone; but, Enkidu gathers himself and takes lead in the heroic clash with the wood beast. Near the end of the clash, the wood demon places a curse on Enkidu, predicting his life shall be short. Enkidu and Gilgamesh cut and destroyed the trees of the forest to celebrate their victory, while in the end realizing that while in unison, any man can conquer the mightiest of task.
Upon their arrival to Uruk, Gilgamesh castoffs the advances of the idol Ishtar, who to her homage, had her father to send down a bull to destroy the majestic city of Uruk, leading Enkidu the initiative in slaying the bull. The gods declare punishment on Enkidu, who falls ill and die. Gilgamesh is shattered as he grieves the loss of his best friend Enkidu that he constructs a monument in his honor. In his misery, Gilgamesh decides to embark on a quest to the Underworld to search the meaning of life and death alike. Gilgamesh meets and overcomes an array obstacle on his journey; from scorpions, mountains, and startling dreams, while during that time he finally meets a clever innkeeper that tells him that death cannot be avoided. He continues on in his explorations until he meets the God of the Underworld, hears the story and fails a test which is put to him.