The Epic of Gilgamesh Themes & Motifs

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Friendship

Before he ever meets Enkidu, Gilgamesh has dreams about him. When Gilgamesh tells his mother about these dreams, she suggests that Gilgamesh is meant to be friends with Enkidu. Gilgamesh is excited about this idea because he does not have many friends since he is stronger and does everything better than everyone else. However, the first time Gilgamesh and Enkidu meet, they fight.

Enkidu admires Gilgamesh for his fighting ability and quickly becomes his friend. The two go on an adventure together, growing closer as they journey and fight side by side. It is a friendship that inspires both men to be better and it distracts Gilgamesh from having to prove himself to everyone else. This friendship propels the plot of the poem by motivating the main character over and over again.

Death

When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh finds himself obsessed with the idea of his own...

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