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IV The coming of Enkidu as Gilgamesh's 'partner' is intriguing In other words, we could borrow Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's ironic The relationship between Shamhat and Enkidu goes beyond physical intercourse. In the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, there is a story of the king's intense relationship with the savage warri- or, Enkidu. On the latter's death, he weeps like . with her. The lonely motherless boy welcomes this relationship. .. story parallels Patrick who is Gilgamesh and the thief Caravaggio is Enkidu and the novel .. Edward Said in his book Orientalism and Gayatri Chakravorthy Spivak in her.
Brothers as close blood relatives usually share everything, and love each other unconditionally. Not only does Gilgamesh lose his beloved brother, but also a marvelous companion in his journeys. All battles were defeated together; all challenges were solved together. They were helping each other in all the paths they went.
Not only they were helping each other, they also took care of each other by shielding one another without thinking about their own benefit. The shield was the first thing Gilgamesh put in front of himself; it was the shield that kept him alive. Gilgamesh goes even further granting Enkidu the role of a right-hand man: Axe is only helpful when it lands in skilful hands, but together: It means that every time Gilgamesh needed Enkidu, being his soul mate, Enkidu was there to help, and he knew exactly when and how to do it.
Second, his appearance is different from other human beings. He was made lush with head hair, like a woman. The locks of his hair grew thick as a grainfield.The Death of Enkidu - Epic of Gilgamesh - Digital Hammurabi Book Club
He fed on grass with gazelles, with beasts he jostled at a water hole, with wildlife he drank his fill of water. I want to turn the tables around in a thought experiment. What if we asked Enkidu to tell us who he was before meeting Gilgamesh? What if we let Enkidu tell his own story? Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to recover the voice of Enkidu. In this case, Enkidu is the subaltern who is not able to control the dominant discourse. Enkidu is very much like a colonial subject who lives at the periphery while the discourse of his identity is controlled and dominated by the center.
Nevertheless, if we can imagine that if he were allowed to speak for himself, he would create a very different narrative.
A hunter encountered Enkidu on the steppe and after observing him for three days, the hunter became afraid of Enkidu. So, he went to report the incident to his father, and his father suggested that he should let Gilgamesh know about it.
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What did Gilgamesh do when he heard about Enkidu and his behavior on the steppe? Interestingly, he did not go and fight him. This would have been an obvious course of acton for Gilgamesh who is repeatedly described as a very strong man.
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Instead, Gilgamesh sent the hunter back with a harlot, named Shamhat. The fight comes after the change of Enkidu. This is what Gilgamesh said to the hunter: Gilgamesh seems to intuit that fighting Enkidu is not the best way to subjugate him.
In his dream, Gilgamesh saw a bright star shoot across the morning sky, then fall at his feet.
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It lay before him, a huge people of Uruk came out to see it. They kissed its feet.
Gilgamesh took it in his arms, embraced and caressed it the way a man caresses his wife. Dearest child, this bright star from heaven, this huge boulder that you could not lift - it stands for a dear friend, a mighty hero.
You will take him in your arms, embrace and caress him the way a man caresses his wife. A young couple had just married and Gilgamesh was on his way to their home to take up his droit de seigneur. Gilgamesh got angry, there was a fight of epic proportions lots of grappling and limbs intertwined.
Enkidu said some nice things about how strong he was and it being right that he was king, then: They embraced and kissed. They held hands like brothers. They walked side by side.
They became true friends. The next extracts come after Gilgamesh and Enkidu have killed the monster, Humbaba, guardian of the Cedar Forest, appointed by the god Enlil to protect it by terrifying men away. He fell ill, took to his bed and then died. When he heard the death rattle, Gilgamesh moaned like a dove.