In many literary works characters are faced with difficulties and struggles on their journeys. An excellent example of this is Gilgamesh in The Epic of Gilgamesh. The epic hero, Gilgamesh, faces many conflicts, overcomes them, and emerges victorious on his journey.
Gilgamesh faces many difficulties during his life; the first difficulty he faces is going to the Cedar Forest. There are a few reasons why Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Gilgamesh's companion, go into the Cedar Forest. They went to get wood for Gilgamesh's town of Uruk, and he also goes because he wanted a way for his name to be remembered forever. He also faces many difficulties when Enkidu dies. Enkidu dies because the gods had to punish somebody for cutting Humbaba's head off after he was dead, and because they tore out the bull's thigh and threw it in Ishtar's face. The gods chose Enkidu because of Gilgamesh's semi-divine nature. Gilgamesh also faces many difficulties when he goes on his quest for immortality. He goes on a quest to find Utnapishtim, the only person that gods gave eternal life to, because after Enkidu's death Gilgamesh realizes that he isn't going to live forever, because Gilgamesh is only two-thirds god he is going to die. .
Gilgamesh had to overcome many difficulties on his quest; one of these is battling with Humbaba in the Cedar Forest. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu go into the Cedar Forest they must kill Humbaba, the guardian of the forest, in order to get the wood that his people need. Gilgamesh almost fails to defeat Humbaba, when he tries to bribe Gilgamesh with riches and a big house to let him live. Enkidu, having seen Humbaba before, realizes that he would kill them if Gilgamesh let Humbaba go. Gilgamesh had to overcome two types of difficulties when Enkidu died, physical and mental. One of the physical difficulties he had to overcome was not having a partner to help him out when he needed it.