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-Some differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu are that Gilgamesh is handsome and basically flawless in his looks; Enkidu looks almost like a beast. Gilgamesh is mostly god and is filled with courage, fearless one could say. Enkidu was born of the wild, growing up among the wild animals and learning how to live off the land, so he knows what to fear and what not to. Gilgamesh is arrogant, Enkidu is not. Some similarities between the two are that they are both strong, almost undefeatable; no match for anyone but the other one.
These differences and similarities are important because it helps shape the epic and helps the story flow. -One intersting difference is that Enkidu can interpret dreams and Gilgamesh can’t. This is significant, because if Gilgamesh could interpret dreams that would make Enkidu less of a character and he would mean less to the story. Also if Gilgamesh is able to interpret dreams it would appear too much of a common placed thing and he would have no real need for Enkidu except for brute strengh. One similarity that they share is that they both show fatigue.
This is significant, because it shows that they are both human and that they do have their limits. -The differences between Gilgemesh and Enkidu are that Gilgemesh came from a more prominent/noble society and the fact that Gilgemesh is 2/3 God and 1/3 man. But it just shows that Gilgemesh thinks more of himself than of other until he meets Enkidu. Enkidu came from the forest and ran and acted like the creatures that roamed the forest. The only reason why Enkidu came to Uruk was because a Harlot seduced him and the rest of the creatures in the forest shunned him because he was not like them anymore.
Besides the fact that both of them are strong men and trained in hunting and killing, those attributes helped Gilgemesh and Enkidu defeat Humbaba in the Cedar forest and then later on the “Bull of Heaven”. -The two men have to be very similar because just because of the fact that the gods made Enkidu for that very purpose, that is to be Gilgameshes equal. The qualities that stand out are their lusts. They both kinda give in to their lusts. They both also have extra physical strength. Lastly they both want to be remembered which becomes their whole purpose for going on the quest.
They also have some differences. For example like the fact that Gilgamesh was created as part god and Enkidu was not. Also I believe that Enkidu has a stronger will than Gilgamesh because he did stop Gilgamesh from taking his wife before marriage. -Gilgamesh is more civilized, in the sense that he is more accustomed to society and the life of human beings. Enkidu grew up in the wild, and so he is used to a somewhat primitive mindset. Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk, while Enkidu is his servant, though they both are respected as kings They are both arrogant, however Gilgamesh is more so.
Gilgamesh believes he can take on Humbaba, and Enkidu believed at one point that he was as strong, if not stronger than Gilgamesh. Enkidu is more realistic and a bit more cowardly then Gilgamesh, shown through his reluctancy to seek out Humbaba. The similarities and differences are significant because Enkidu was made to be of the same caliber as Gilgamesh, but they still have obvious differences in personality and mind. -I think there are many similarities between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. They both think they are the strongest man alive, which is what makes them such a good pair. They were also both made by the gods.
Gilgamesh and Enkidu are both quite fearful, especially together. Both help each remember how strong they are when they start to second guess themselves. There are many differences, though, between the two. Enkidu, unlike Gilgamesh who is two-thirds god and one-third man, was made entirely from clay. Enkidu begins his life as a wild man, running with herds of animals. Obviously, Gilgamesh did not live that kind of life, he was a king, and an epic one at that. Though they have some differences, they were mainly similar and that is what made them the strongest, when they were together. Their are several similarities and differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The biggest similaritie between the two is the fact that they both were believed to be sent from the Gods. They both also belive that they are the strongest person in the world. Their are also several big differnce. The biggest one to me is the fact that Enkidu character is quickly takin from the level of Gilgamesh and is brought down to almost his slave. They become friends but it is stated very clearly that gilgamesh is on a level above Enkidu. A few notable differences between Gilgamesh and Enkidu would be one, their origin or “background”, two, their attitudes, and three, their appearance. Gilgamesh was created as divine, and noble, while Enkidu hailed from the mountains, with no prestige to his background. Gilgamesh was an arrogant man-god, who would rather boast about, and abuse his gifts. Enkidu was rather innocent to what he was capable of. Gilgamesh was defined as beautiful, and god-like in looks, Enkidu on the other hand was a beast-like specimen due to his time with the animals in the hills. -The similarities etween Gilgamesh and Enkidu were slightly more obvious. They both possessed unnatural strength endowed upon them by the gods. They both enjoyed a candle-lit evening with the ladies. And last, they both had an eternal attachment to each other…. as friends. The significance of the similarities and differences between these two characters is that they were created to be each other’s equal on purpose. They were created to balance each other out. -I think one of the main differnence between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is that Gilgamesh had a privleged life being raised by the gods, where as, Enkidu had an unrefined life being raised by animals.
Another difference is that Gilgamesh abused his power as king where Enkidu tried to help the people around him. The main similarity is that they were both created by gods. Another similarity is they both had great strenghth. These differences and similarities are important because they show that even thought they were both created by the gods the both use that quality in a different way. -The similarities between Gilgamesh and Endkidu are the same characteristics that create their differences. These are their purpose of being created, and their qualities of being human.
Both were made in the image of the gods–Gilgamesh 2/3 gods and 1/3 human obtaining beauty and strength, while Enkidu was made to be the equal of Gilgamesh, Enkidu was more rugged, strong, and lived among the wild. Their creation was for different purposes; Gilgamesh is to be a great king, while Enkidu is the one whose purpose is to defeat Gilgamesh, yet becomes Gilgamesh’s friend, comrade, and council. In addition, both can be considered protectors. As king Gilgamesh is required to protect his people and then for Enkidu he protects his family in the wild, being the protector because of attachment and emotions towards his clan.
The qualities of being human shown in the first two chapters are love, lust, doubt, and corruption. The characteristic of love is shown in different forms: the mother and son bond, and the bond of brotherhood. At first glance lust is what takes Enkidu from his surroundings in the forest, in which he is then forever shunned, and is taking to live among the corruption of the people in the city-states. From here he learns and lives the life at the left side of Gilgamesh. From living this new found life, Enkidu is consumed by doubt and fear when the journey into the Cedar Forest begins.
This doubt and fear leads Enkidu to the evils of killing. This brotherhood holds a strong bond, yet the decisions made came not from their wisdom, but of their corruption of being human and having similar yet different characteristics in which are important not only to the characteristics of the brotherhood, but to the society of that time period as a whole. -Although the two men are very similar, ultimately, I believe its the differences that are most significant. Before the two met, Oedipus was more insensitive and arrogant but Enkidu somewhat tamed that side of him.
This was most apparent when Gilgemash chooses not to kill the giant showing that he suddenly has compassion for someone other than himself. Enkidu also benefits from this relationship by gaining more courage and having the chance to live a more civilized life. Both men were specially created by the Gods and are unbeatable. But before they met they had their weaknesses but together they ended up balancing each other out. -Gilgamesh has several strengths. Not only in appearance, but he had physical strength as well. Gilgamesh was untamed; he had power and lust and the people of Uruk felt no better for it.
Created 2/3 god and 1/3 human, it was the latter that gave Gilgamesh his vulnerablity. An equal had to be created, and it was by te goddess Aruru in the form of Enkidu . Enkidu was feral and had his own power within the wild. He had to be tamed and lust was used to achieve his vulnerability. Enkidu takes on human qualities that makes these two similar. Their humanness joins them. Created to be both foil and friend, the differences start to show. Enkidu becomes less equal to Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was a king and wanted power, whereas Enkidu wanted to help and protect the people around him. Gilgamesh and Enkidu are like any typical brothers. They both come from the same parents, the Gods. They share a mutual anger for each other before their epic fight. Also, they share a desire for fine women. Howver, even with all these similarities they are also like night and day. Gilgamesh is praised for “perfect beauty” whereas Enkidu is praised for being hairy. Also, Gilgamesh doesn’t really have any morals, he rapes women and kills soldiers. In comparison Enkidu fights for the exact opposite. Finally, Gilgamesh lives as a king in a big city in contrast to Enkidu’s forest he lives in.
These characteristics are very significant because they balance each other out. Like a hero and his trusty sidekick they both have character flaws but the other person makes up for what the other person lacks. The way I look at Gilgamesh and Enkidu is that they are like peanut butter and jelly, alone they’re pretty good, nothing special, but not bad either. However, when these two are put together, your mind will be blown because of how good they are. -In my opinion each of these characters were created to balance the other out. Gilgamesh was 2/3 god and 1/3 man. So being majority god he abused his power and ruled the people.
Enkidu was raised in the wild and wanted to help the people. The human qualities shown in Enkidu make Gilgamesh seem more human. Separate they showed their weaknesses, but once Gilgamesh and Enkidu met they seemed to have to weaknesses. -Gilgamesh and Enkidu both have their similarities and their differences. They are very similar because Enkidu was created as Gilgamesh’s equal or in other sense his brother. They are also very different, Enkidu was born in the wild and oblivious to the knowledge of human civilization and the means to live together in cities, while Gilgamesh was a ruler of Uruk and born 2/3 god and 1/3 human.
Once Enkidu became less wild and more civil, he was different than Gilgamesh because he was wise and gilgamesh had to seek his wisdom. -Several differences and similarities between Gilgamesh and Enkidu were revealed throughout the book. They were both mortals, although they were both created by the gods. Because of this, they had strength beyond that of normal humans. Gilgamesh abuses his powers and strength, taking women and killing “enemies” at will. Enkidu uses his strength to protect and serve. They have physical similarities, but how they use them is completely different.
As Enkidu passes away, he curses the people(the Trapper, the Harlot) who he believes led him to his death. When Shamash spoke to Enkidu, he comes to terms with his death. This is yet another difference between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh searched for “everlasting life. ” Along his journey, many gods and humans told him he will not find what he wants, but he progresses through the wilderness. It seems Gilgamesh doesn’t know when enough is enough. He has a lack of wisdom, whereas Enkidu has experienced many things in the wild, which developed his wisdom. The two characters together are dynamic.
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Had Enkidu not been created, Gilgamesh would have continued his corrupted ways. Their comradery brought changes in each other’s lives, ultimately creating the great epic of Gilgamesh. -There are many differences between the two, as Gilgamesh really has no respect for women. Enkidu is a more morals person. Enkidu was born from the wild and and Gilgamesh was a power ruler. I think that if Enkidu hadn’t been created, Gilgamesh would still have gone to the terrible ways that he once was doing. They are the same because Enkidu balances out Gilgamesh, and seemed like more of a brother.
Author: Brandon Johnson
Gilgamesh & Enkidu
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Both Enkidu and Gilgamesh are heroic figures, forming a sort of intermediary class between human and divine. Although they do not have the power and immortality of the gods, they are more powerful than ordinary humans. Gilgamesh is directly descended from the gods, and Enkidu was fashioned by the gods.
Both are larger and stronger than ordinary mortals and capable of superhuman feats of athletic and martial prowess. Their characters and emotions, whether lust, joy, rage, or sorrow, also have a quality of grandeur. They live a life of grand passions rather than the everyday petty annoyances experienced by most humans (Gilgamesh grieves over the death of his friend instead of being frustrated by rush hour traffic). This grandeur and power make them a potential threat or challenge to the gods, who do not wish to be usurped or treated as equals by mortals and see mortals aspiring to a level of greatness that approaches the divine as a challenge.
Both Enkidu and Gilgamesh have sexual relationships with women, but these are fleeting and insignificant; their most important relationship is their "bromance." Enkidu is closer to nature than Gilgamesh and less corrupted by wealth and luxury, and thus he has a much strong sense of ethics. Gilgamesh is the more arrogant of the two, but on the other hand, that is partly justified as he is the king of Uruk.
Perhaps the most important difference is that Gilgamesh is based on an actual historical king who appears in the Sumerian king lists, while Enkidu is a fictional character.