Summary and “partial” analysis of “The Epic of Gilgamesh”

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Summary and “partial” analysis of  “The Epic of Gilgamesh”

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an an ancient Mesopotamian work and one of the earliest pieces of world literature. The story is set in and around the city-state of Uruk in Southern Mesopotamia, the lands between the Tigris and Euphrates river during the second and third millenniums BCE. The story’s main protagonist is the king of Uruk named Gilgamesh, whose name means “the offspring is a hero” or “the old man is still a young man”. The interpretations of Gilgamesh’s name alludes to the protagonist’s qualities and to the major themes of the story. Gilgamesh is an epic hero who contends with mortality and the relationship culture has with inevitable death. It is thought that Gilgamesh rules around 2700 BCE and his notoriety throughout the region was attributed to Uruk’s monumental city walls.  His architectural accomplishment features prominently in the poem and convey’s deep meaning throughout the poem. The walls…

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