- How does Enkidu change Gilgamesh? Challenging the king to combat, as Enkidu does, was a deadly offense. Does the text ever clearly state why or how they go from enemies to friends?
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After Enkidu's challenge and subsequent loss to Gilgamesh, the two become friends. There is mutual respect between the two. Enkidu's challenge was a great offense, something punishable by death, but I think Gilgamesh enjoyed it.... he enjoyed a victory against this worthy opponent, particulary because it enforced his reputation among his people. A result of their fight, Gilgamesh is visibly changed.... he not only views Enkidu as a worthy opponent, but someone who is a worthy companion as well.
Epic of Gilgamesh