October 27, 2012
The epic of Gilgamesh and modern life
The epic of Gilgamesh includes many themes that are relevant to modern day life. Through the epic of Gilgamesh the audience learns of seduction, love as a motivating force, and death as inescapable. Seduction is always viewed as an awful sin but in this case you see how it changes Enkidu and Gilgamesh. The start of the friendship between Enkidu and Gilgamesh starts when the temple hariot seduces Enkidu into losing his animal characteristics to gain human behaviors. Seduction is often viewed as a sin in Christianity but in the Mesopotamian views and beliefs prostitutes and seduction is sacred and holy because it connects humans to the life goddess. Through the seduction the start of love through a friendship begins as Enkidu is sent to tame and teach Gilgamesh of the needs of his people. Through the love that grows between Enkidu and Gilgamesh both learn the meaning of love, friendship, and the needs of the people. In modern life humans usually change in relationships because connection and love between two people requires growth and change. Part of the change that the friends go through is death. As the friends go on their quest to achieve immortality Enkidu dies in a painful death that make Gilgamesh learns that only the gods live forever and he fears his own death before reaching immortality. Many people today have the fear of death and work for immortality after they die through achievements and power because of their fear of death without being remembered. Through reading the Gilgamesh readers view the power of seduction, love, and death.