Gilgamesh As An Epic Hero

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Throughout Gilgamesh, the reader can observe Gilgamesh and Enkidu as the epic hero and the foil character. In the epic, Gilgamesh is portrayed as a fearless hero who is eager to fight Humbaba. In contrast, Enkidu is depicted as a anxious sidekick, who quivered at the thought of fighting Humbaba. Gilgamesh declares to Enkidu “Why are you worried about death? Only the gods are immortal anyway, What men do is nothing, so fear is never justified. What happened to your power that once could challenge and equal mine? I will go ahead of you, and if I die I will at least have the reward of having people say: he died in war against Humbaba, I will cut down the cedars. Tell the armorers to build us two-edged swords and double shields and tell them I