The Epic of Gilgamesh

What does this tell us about their sense of destiny?

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Destiny is very much a part of the hero's quest in mythological tales and Gilgamesh’s story is no exception. The hero must embark on a journey or quest in order to discover who he is. His destiny is very much dependent on what he experiences on the journey and how he changes as a character. Initially, Enkidu travels from the wilderness with Shamhat to civilization to meet Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh begins his quest with Enkidu by traveling to the Cedar Forest to defeat Humbaba. After Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh’s personal journey begins. He seeks out Utnapishtim to learn the secret of immortality. His journey concludes with his return to Uruk. In this case, Gilgamesh’s journey is a direct reflection of his internal struggle and “journey” to become a better, selfless leader.