No mention of speaker"s family/ like enkidu"s. Stanza 10 unavailability mirroring gilgamesh"s emotional state at start. Paul"s obsession with youth parallels gilgamesh"s obsession with being the youngest and the strongest. Aunt annie similar to utnapishtim - outlives others (alzheimer"s = outside of time) Section 7 - i have to get the cows across the stream correlated to the journey across the water with the animals (noah-like experience) Bitter tone to poem regarding paul leaving for younger man. Highlights the selfishness of paul character - comparison to. Hubris that both gilgamesh and paul share. Paul overconfident because he doesn"t think he"ll have trouble finding a younger man. Retelling takes romantic light away from gilgamesh. On purpose - paul would probably say great things about himself, but narrator chooses to keep the language sparse and plain as the enkidu figure. Urshanabi = gilgamesh"s next pursuit but not necessarily life partner, like paul looking for younger man but not necessarily a partner.