My Views on The Epic of Gilgamesh
Epic of Gilgamesh
I just read for the very first time a piece of literature, besides the bible. The story was the Epic of Gilgamesh. I never realized or wanted to know how interesting literature could be until I read this. Gilgamesh was apparently a man who was 3/4's God. He was the king of a city called Urak. The story really caught my attention when it started talking about how cruel of a king he was and that he would take the first sexual rights to women when they got married. Talk about ego!!(I am the man, hear me roar, type of thing) In this day and age, I think that"s what rapists think.. anyway, the more I read the more this guy made me want to throw up!!! He was nothing but a scared little boy looking for a way to live forever!
The people couldn't take how he acted anymore, he was so cruel and only cared about his well being, they cried out to their Gods who in their infinite wisdom formed a man out of a peice of clay (boy they had some imagination back then) they dropped the clay into the woods and it becomes a hairy man who becomes like a Shepard of the forest, friends with the animals and protects them. He frees them from hunters traps and protects them essentially.
The hunters were angry with him because he was very powerful and and prevented them from getting any meat for their households. So they cry out to the gods again. The Gods send a priestess. She goes to this man, I forgot to mention his name, Enkidu, anyway she goes to him and she seduces him and has sex with him for seven days and six nights!! I can't even imagine it!!! lol Do you know a man who can last that long? lol
The animals won't have anything to do with him after this so he is forced to go with the women to be civilized and learn how to be amongst humans. They go to Urak where he meets Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh of course fights him and Enkidu is a very good match and Gildamesh overtakes him but because Enkidu put up such a good fight, they bond and become closer than brothers. This is where it gets sketchy for me. It was sort of difficult to keep up with the story because it was written on tablets long ago and when they wrote it I guess they pieced it together as best as they can. I don't want to tell the entire story. I really had a difficult time trying to determine what their relationship was. Gilgamesh, to me was way over the top when Enkidu is cursed and it seems to me that he just layed down and died and Gilgamesh, (it says here,) lamented over his body. He didn't even want them to take him away to be buried. I thought that was really over the top. He didn't even love his wife this way. and he had a concubine. it didn't say but it led me to believe that maybe their relationship was a little more than what the story says. Can anyone enlighten me on this because I am lost but interested to know. I did read the whole story and our teacher was impressing on us Gilgamesh's fear of dying and he had all these journey's that brought him to incredible places that no other human has ever gone in the search for everlasting life, but eventually had to accept the inevitability of dying.
I think it was an interesting story but I also think it left me wondering about the changes in Gilgamesh. His thinking in terms of humanizing people instead of treating them like objects. He was 3/4's God so did that make him think he was way better than everyone else? Apparently, but he could of used his power for good, not hurting people, and then the other thought that comes to mind is, when he treated people badly, was that his human side or the God side?
It also goes into the whole world wide flood story that is very similar to Noah's Ark. Very strange, makes me re-think so many things..
I would appreciate insight on this if anyone can help me..