Even as the first known written epic, Gilgamesh still follows the conventional narrative of what we know today as the hero's cycle.
The epic begins and ends with
Select Optionlapis lazulithe friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkiduthe walls of Uruk
, which is significant because it
Select Optionsymbolizes the walls Gilgamesh put up when dealing with peopleillustrates not only the cyclical nature of the hero cycle but also of the epic narrativeforeshadows the obstacles Gilgamesh must overcome