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             ""Never has a mortal man done that, Gilgamesh"" (Gilgamesh Tablet 9, 8) Immortality-the quality or state of being immortal. Although that is the Webster's definition of immortality, what is never ending existence? That question has a different answer for everyone. History and mythology exhibit many ways men and women attempt to achieve immortality. Gilgamesh believed that never ending existence happened by never physically dying. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh investigates the possibility of his immortality, and finds his own version, following the death of his friend and brother, Enkidu. After this incident he fears his own death, and searches for a way to preserve himself. Gilgamesh became an unselfish human after his friendship with Enkidu. Enkidu's death deeply affected Gilgamesh, bringing him to deep despair and a search for the meaning of life. .
             Prior to his relationship with Enkidu, Gilgamesh is free to do as he pleases "there is no rival who can raise his weapon against him." (Gilgamesh tablet 1, 34) Gilgamesh is radiant and bold, and "supreme over other kings." (Gilgamesh tablet 1, 28) Before Enkidu appears Gilgamesh rules over his city the way that he pleases. ""Equal to Gilgamesh stormy heart, let them be a match for each other so that Uruk may find peace.""(Gilgamesh tablet 1, 80-83) Gilgamesh devastates his people with such acts as sleeps with all of the virgins before their husbands. Enkidu interacts on an equal basis with Gilgamesh forcing him to change his ways of ruling. He develops a heart and learns to think about someone other than himself. The bond between Enkidu and Gilgamesh, establishes a deep connection for Gilgamesh with another human being, which he had never experienced. .
             This human connection is best seen when the mighty Gilgamesh shows his fear of Humbaba, and attempts to run away. Enkidu supports him and gives him the courage to fight. Enkidu tells the pitifully whimpering Gilgamesh "Do not snatch your feet away, to not turn your back, strike even harder.

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