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Friendships in The Epic of Gilgamesh

            The Epic of Gilgamesh, is not only a story about a man in search of immortality, but also the story of a deep friendship between two men named Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Their friendship symbolizes the embodiment of brotherhood, comrades, and companions. Enkidu and Gilgamesh had a deep connection for one another. From the start Enkidu was created by the gods to be Gilgamesh's equal and companion. And although Enkidu was created to be a companion and equal he was equally a second self for Gilgamesh. In the same way Gilgamesh is not only a friend for Enkidu. As Enkidu leaves the wilderness he becomes aware of himself, meaning he understands his position as a human being. At the same time of his understanding Enkidu seeks a friend. Therefor for the both of these men the relationship is a reflection for their own selves. .
             After the two embark on a journey to kill the giant Hambaba, Enkidu dies shortly after. The loss of Gilgamesh's good friend is difficult for him to bare. The separation from Enkidu is more than a death, but the realization that they can no longer be together. That life is completely worthless and meaningless without Enkidu. And although Gilgamesh has accepted Enkidu's death he now understands what human fate is. That is, if Enkidu can die so can he. If Gilgamesh continues his search for immortality he knows he will not be united with his friend. Gilgamesh knows that death could happen to him the same way death happen to Enkidu. So, in The Epic of Gilgamesh, the bond among Gilgamesh and Enkidu is an example of friendship, unity, and that the representation of all human life has the same fortune. Enkidu is the reflection or second self for Gilgamesh, and the aches and pains he felt at Enkidu death teaches Gilgamesh that he himself must die eventually.
             Friendships are bonds we create with other individuals. A true friend is a person one can trust with nearly anything and will not cause harm to that individual.

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