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Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh is strong and powerful. He is half god and half human. Gilgamesh likes to show off, and this causes a great deal of trouble for the people of his kingdom. For this reason they pray to the gods to make a man who will rival Gilgamesh. This man is Enkidu. Gilgamesh has dreams of the man and asks his mother about the dreams. Gilgamesh’s mother tells him that Enkidu is destined to be his friend.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu do become friends and go off on an adventure together. However, when the gods decide that Enkidu must die, Gilgamesh is devastated. At first, Gilgamesh’s grief appears to be for his friend, but later it becomes clear that Enkidu’s death has caused Gilgamesh to become more aware of his own mortality. This leads Gilgamesh to seek out immortality. When this fails, Gilgamesh finds a plant that...

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