Friendship is essential for everyone. The Epic of Gilgamesh narrates the story of two friends, Enkidu and Gilgamesh.
The prominent theme of friendship is a vital aspect in The Epic of Gilgamesh, illustrating the root cause of Gilgamesh’s sorrow and his desperate attempts to revive his companion Enkidu. Additionally, it showcases the unwavering loyalty that can be found in genuine friendships. Enkidu, who previously only associated with animals, believed in the enduring nature of their bond after hearing the wise words spoken by both the prostitute and Ninsun: “There will come an individual,” she solemnly stated, “A comrade who possesses equal strength as you and remains loyal; An individual whom you will never be apart from and whom you will never wish to part ways with.” Gilgamesh carefully absorbed these interpretations regarding his dream. (p.)
19) Ninsun’s correctness became evident through the strong bond of loyalty and trust between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Their friendship initially surprised everyone as it began with a fierce battle upon their first meeting. This turn of events led people to doubt the feasibility of their friendship and assume they would become enemies. However, as the story progresses, their unwavering loyalty to each other proves these assumptions wrong.
An example of this is illustrated by the following quote: “And they were friends: They had embraced and made their vow To stay together always, No matter what the obstacle. (p. 27) The author effectively conveyed this sense of loyalty through their depiction of the friends’ close bond and constant support for one another. Whenever one of them exhibited vulnerability, the other would bolster their courage and remind them of their enduring friendship, assuring them that they would remain united. “No,” Enkidu exclaimed, “it is the journey That will take away our life.”
Gilgamesh reassured, “Don’t be afraid. We are together, and there is nothing we should fear.” Suddenly, it was Gilgamesh who…