Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Themes & Characters

Bernarda Bryson Shahn
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As is usual of epics, there are three types of characters in Gilgamesh—the human, the divine, and those who partake in the natures of both. The hero Gilgamesh is two-thirds god and onethird man, a fact that has special significance during his final quest.

The main "human" characters are Ninsun, a skilled interpreter of dreams; Sabitu, the sensible wine maiden; Utnapishtim, who escapes the destruction of a great flood like the biblical Noah; Harim, the temple priestess; and Enkidu, the friend and companion of Gilgamesh. Enkidu was "created" out of clay by one of the gods and is, therefore, reminiscent of the biblical Adam.

Of greater interest to many readers are the gods and goddesses, who are led by Anu, the Lord of the Skies. The god Ea rules the "deep waters," and Enlil is ruler over the earth. In the plot of the story...

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