The story of Enkidu seems to speak of how people must change or be changed, or tamed, to live among others in a civilized society. Shamhat teaches Enkidu everything he needs to know to be a man and encourages him to go back to the city and meet Gilgamesh. Shamhat tells Enkidu about the great king Gilgamesh and he is intrigued and outraged by what he hears about Gilgamesh’s excesses, so he travels to Uruk to challenge him.
Gilgamesh has dreams foretelling the arrival of Enkidu. When Enkidu arrives, Gilgamesh is about to force his way into a bride’s wedding chamber. Enkidu steps into the doorway and blocks his passage. The two men wrestle fiercely for a long time, and Gilgamesh finally prevails. After that, they become friends and set about looking for an adventure to share.
Gilgamesh is looked upon as a great ruler but one who does not treat his people as a good and kind king should. When Enkidu enters his life he is tamed, as was Enkidu in his own ways, and begins to see things differently. Enkidu becomes and important companion and part of Gilgamesh, a part of him that he had been missing…perhaps a conscience.
The Epic seems to remark on many different aspects of life. From the way your life begins, no matter how entitled you are or aren’t, that you can change your life and become a better person, as did Gilgamesh after befriending Enkidu and taking the journeys with him. Gilgamesh has many journeys through his life that all signify his internal journey within himself. The epic continues on to talk about kinship between men and describes the existential struggles of a superlatively strong man who must…