what is mocking about Gilgamesh finding the rose and then losing it
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Gilgamesh is seaching for eternal life. The rose returns lost youth to those who hold it.... Ironically, Gilgamesh loses what he sought.
There is a plant that grows under the water, it has a prickle like a them, like a rose; it will wound your hands, but if you succeed in taking it, then your hands will hold that which restores his lost youth to a man.'
Epic of Gilgamesh