The Change of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh engraved on ancient tablets around 1200 B.C. in ancient Mesopotamia who is about a King is born two-thirds god and one-third human. The main character is Gilgamesh who is known to be extremely strong and incredibly attractive, but also conceited, and greedy. In the beginning of the book one realizes that Gilgamesh is an arrogant ruthless person; however certain events take place to show that he is transformed.
Gilgamesh exploits his rights as king. He has sexual intercourse with the virgins of his town and acts as though he is a god. “Gilgamesh does not leave a girl to her betrothed” (76). Having power his entire life, Gilgamesh has evidently received whatever he wants. He has never had to worry about getting into trouble or losing power. “There is no rival who can raise his weapon against him” (76). By acting out and sleeping with other women an angry crowd starts to form. However this is not a democracy, but rather an absolute monarchy, which is where the monarch (king) rules unhindered, basically without any laws, constitution or legally organized opposition. All the people can do is pray.
The fist sign of a change in Gilgamesh is when he meets Enkidu. Gilgamesh overhears rumors of a wild man who lives with animals so he sends out a prostitute to cultivate him. The woman shows the wild man Enkidu, the ways of civilization by sleeping with him. Gilgamesh hears of this and goes to meet him. The wise Ninsun said to Gilgamesh, “You will love him as a woman and he will never forsake you" (80). Gilgamesh had finally met his match, a friend that would serve as his life-long companion. From the seal of this friendship, Gilgamesh starts to change his narcissistic habits. He united Enkidu with the power of kindheartedness. Setting aside his great pride and supremacy, Gilgamesh had opened a place in his heart, and in his sumptuous life, for his beloved brother.
Enkidu and Gilgamesh venture out to kill Humbaba a monster of the forest. Enkidu slays Humbaba and in return the gods take Enkidu's life. Gilgamesh is devastated by Enkidu’s death. He goes slightly crazy ripping his clothes and tearing out his hair. Everyone mourns, and Gilgamesh proclaims his grief. “I mourn for Enkidu, my friend, I shriek in anguish like a mourner” (99). Gilgamesh starts to understand...