The Epic of Gilgamesh - Tablets 6-7 Summary & Analysis

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Tablet 6

While celebrating his victory over Humbaba, the god Ishtar asks Gilgamesh to become her husband. Gilgamesh turns her down. Humiliated, Ishtar goes to her father, the god Anu, and asks for the Bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh. After some discussion, Anu agrees. Ishtar releases the bull on Uruk where it begins to do extensive damage. Enkidu grabs the bull by the horns, and Gilgamesh stabs it in the neck. When Ishtar arrives, she is angry that they have ruined her plans. Enkidu throws the bull’s leg at her. Gilgamesh marches through the village celebrating.

Tablet 7

Enkidu has a dream that the gods Shamash, Enlil, and Anu are discussing Gilgamesh and Enkidu. They think one of the two men should die for the deaths of the Bull of Heaven and Humbaba, as well as the cutting down of the largest cedar...

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