Homework due Friday, September 13: The Epic of Gilgamesh

You can access the primary source reading “The Epic of Gilgamesh” HERE.

After you have read the excerpt, please answer the following questions. The questions are due on Friday, September 13

  1. What was the fate of the dead as revealed in Enkidu’s dream?
  2. What advice did the goddess Siduri offer Gilgamesh?
  3. Do you think this is a pessimistic text; if so, why; if not, why not?
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One Response to Homework due Friday, September 13: The Epic of Gilgamesh

  1. Noor says:

    1. Anu said to Enlil, “Because they have killed the Bull of Heaven, and because they have killed Humbaba who guarded the Cedar Mountain one of the two must die…”

    2. ‘Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.’

    3. I believe it is an evaluation of the cycle of life. Our society today has this connotation that death is bad and life is good. This text gets rid of that shortsighted way of thinking and accepts the realities of the world.

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