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Character Analysis EBIRT: Nicholas, Steven, Lauren, Sarah, Natalie, Madeline

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  • 1. Character AnalysisEBIRT:Nicholas, Steven, Lauren, Sarah, Natalie, Madeline

2. Godlike Characteristics He is a fierce warrior "He saw the lions round him glorying in life; then he took his axe in his hand , he drew his sword from his belt, and he fell upon them like an arrow from the string, and struck and destroyed and scattered them." -- Page 37 (Direct characterization) He is courageous "When Gilgamesh saw them he shielded his eyes for the length of a moment only; then he took courage and approached." -- Page 37 (Indirect characterization) He shows great love for others "For Enkidu; I loved him dearly, together we endured all kinds of hardships; on his account I have come, for the common lot of man has taken him." -- Page 37 (Direct characterization) 3. Humanlike characteristics Cant control his emotions "And Gilgamesh wept over Enkidu..." -- Page 36 (Direct characterization) He is afraid "Because I am afraid of death will go as best I can to find Utnapishtim whom they call the Faraway, for he has entered the assembly of the gods." -- Page 37 (Direct characterization) "In these mountain passes long ago I saw lions, I was afraid and I lifted my eyes to the moon; I prayed and my prayers went up to the gods, so now, O moon god Sin, protect me." -- Page 37 (Direct characterization) 4. Humanlike Characteristics Cont. His physical appearance "If you are that Gilgamesh who seized and killed the Bull of Heaven, who killed the watchman of the cedar forest, and killed the lions in the passes of the mountain, why are your cheeks so starved and why is your face so drawn?" -- Page 39 (Direct characterization) He can be weak "Look at him now, the strong man who would have everlasting life, even now the mists of sleep are drifting over him." -- Page 43 (Indirect characterization) He can be careless "It rose out of the water and snatched it away, and immediately it sloughed its skin and returned to the well." -- Page 46 (Indirect characterization) 5. Other Principal Characters in the Text Enkidu: Initially sent by the gods to destroy Gilgamesh, he ends upbecoming his best friend. They go on many journeys together and defeatmany strong enemies. Eventually they spite the goddess Ishtar and shesends a deathly illness on Enkidu. Enkidu has a dream about theunderworld that inspires Gilgamesh to go on his final journey before hedies. (Helps Gilgamesh) Siduri: Is initially sacred of Gilgamesh because of his appearance. She isreluctant to help him because she knows that death was allotted to themortals. She eventually tells him to seek the help of Urshanabi but hintsthat he might not help. (Helps Gilgamesh) Utnapishtim: Initially questions Gilgamesh because of his appearance aswell and is apprehensive about a mortal being around. He tells Gilgameshthe story of the flood, how immortality is not all that its cracked up to be,and also reluctantly where to find the plant of eternal life. (HelpsGilgamesh) 6. Epithets Epithet: An adjective or descriptive phraseexpressing a quality regarded as a characteristic ofthe person or thing mentioned 7. Epithets in The Epic of Gilgamesh Irkalla: Queen of Darkness Etana: The King of Kish Samuqan: The god of cattle Ereshkigal: Queen of the Underworld Belit-Sheri: Recorder of the gods Siduri: Young woman, maker of wine Anu: Lord of the firmament Utnapishtim: Faraway, son of Ubara-Tutu, man of Shurrupak Adad: Lord of the storm Ishtar: Queen of Heaven