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Title: The Epic of Gilgamesh on Immortality and Its Ramifications

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Subject: History
Author: Allen P
Date: January 5, 2015
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 4 / 955
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When Enkidu falls ill and dies, however, Gilgamesh insists that immortality is attainable, and he is driven by fear to learn how from the one human who apparently will live forever, Ut-napishtim (Gilgamesh 95). The revelation of Ut-napishtim changes the implications of the story; it gives credibility to Gilgamesh's goal...

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The revelation of Ut-napishtim changes the implications of the story; it gives credibility to Gilgamesh's goal. But if eternal life were possible for Gilgamesh, The Epic of Gilgamesh would have no point. The point is, as both Ut-napishtim and Siduri (the tavern keeper Gilgamesh meets on his journey) suggest, "[d]eath is inevitable?" (Gilgamesh 107-108), and so pleasure should be found everywhere it can be in life (Gilgamesh [OBV] 151)...

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