ENG150Y1 Lecture Notes - Humbaba, Enkidu, Shamash

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Nature vs. civilization man conquering nature. Glory metaphorical way of overcoming death through obtaining an eternal name". Divine inclination shamash hates humbaba, afflict[s] . Potentially unready to complete transition from nature to civilization by making nature his opponent fear of punishment from gods. Ninsun establishes shamash has inclined gilgamesh to slay humbaba. My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. To analyze why gilgamesh goes to slay humbaba, one must also consider the structure of the epic. The epic of gilgamesh is driven by two interconnected polarities, nature/culture and mortal/immortal, and the pivot for the entire structure is the relationship between gilgamesh and enkidu. *but once together, both begin taking on characteristics of the other. Gilgamesh and enkidu slay the bull of heaven. E. g. when farmer first sees enkidu, describes him as someone who has.

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