Gilgamesh: Man's First Story Discussion Questions

Bernarda Bryson Shahn
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How do the events in Gilgamesh compare with other ancient myths? Are there obvious similarities? Differences?

What is the significance of the many seemingly impassable boundaries surrounding the world of Gilgamesh? Do they have a historical, as well as a symbolic impact?

By building the walls of Uruk higher and higher, thus preventing young women from taking lovers and subsequently starting families, what is Gilgamesh effectively doing to his city?

What truly separates gods and men in the world of Gilgamesh? Is it simply power or is there a definite moral disparity? Are these differences true of all the gods?

Why do the elders call for a "wild beast of a man" to face Gilgamesh?

What does it say about Enkidu that he is so compassionate to the animals in the cedar forest?

Why does Gilgamesh himself not travel into the forest to confront Enkidu? Is this...

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