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The relationship between the two men is fascinating; each man creates an impression upon the other to the point where they know themselves far better. In Uruk, Gilgamesh and Enkidu first meet outside a temple. Enkidu immediately states that he would reprimand the king and correct his arrogance. Enkidu takes part in wrestling matches with Gilgamesh, getting them into a rivalry that went on for several days. Gilgamesh for the first time meets his match and is compelled to apply all his strength to match his new opponent, presumably due to his surprise and sense of fury from having found his equal. He was forced to bring out his carefully hidden treasures; this marked the first-ever use of the gate of Babylon as a weapon. Regardless of at first seeing this as humiliation, he eventually started to enjoy this and brought them out with no regrets. Over time, Enkidu and Gilgamesh become close friends. They take part in a lot of work, battles and adventure side by side.  Enkidu’s place can be described as that of a faithful sidekick to Gilgamesh in many ways.  His role, however, changes with time. He becomes more than simply a helper to Gilgamesh; he turns into his brother, soul mate and perhaps even his equal. Rather than forcing him to become a good leader or overthrow him, Enkidu overcomes him with genuine friendship, molding him into a perfect leader. He becomes the first person that Gilgamesh cares about and expresses loyalty to. Their friendship becomes the firm foundation of the epic; and it seems to be based on a mutual respect for one another’s courage and strength. It took this relationship to help Gilgamesh realize the relevance of association with other individuals, and in turn he becomes more human, albeit with the irony that a wild man helped him to achieve this.  
One particularly dangerous mission of the two friends would change the course of Gilgamesh’s life forever. This was one Gilgamesh decided to set out to the forest in pursuit of humbaba. Humbaba was referred to as the beast of the gods and the powerful protector of the forests. His main reason for this pursuit was that it was part of his mission in purging away all evil of the world to protect Uruk. Enkidu initially protested that this journey was perilous as the beast they were up against was very fierce indeed, but Gilgamesh’s determination was overwhelming, and they finally embarked on the adventure. They emerged victoriously, but Enkidu became confused by the action (Gale, 2015). The reason for this was because slaying the beast was not an order of the gods and also did not seem to be an act of saving the people he had for long been oppressing- a demonstration of Gilgamesh’s pride, perhaps.  Over time, Uruk became exceedingly prosperous and the envy of many nations around. Gilgamesh’s power grew until the gods couldn’t fail to acknowledge him.

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