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The Role of Dreams in Gilgamesh

Summary: Explores the significance of dreams in the life of Gilgamesh and in the novel, in general.
Dreams play a role in Gilgamesh's motivation when he fights Huwawa and the Bull of Heaven. Gilgamesh's dreams make him supremely confident during his attempts to overcome an obstacle like Huwawa or the Bull of Heaven. Gilgamesh believes he can prevail. Because of Gilgamesh's focused and heroic ways, he is capable of slaying a horrifying monster like Huwawa. Dreams also foreshadow the future. Dreams are a constant motivation for Gilgamesh, and although at times he feels physically incapable of continuing on his quest for everlasting life, his focus on achieving his goal, drives him past any conceivable ability. Dreams serve as a foreshadowing of what is to come, motivation for Gilgamesh, and they assist in strengthening the relationship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh.

In Gilgamesh, events that happen in the story are foreshadowed by dreams. Dreams are also used to show the closeness of the...

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