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After slaying Humbaba, Gilgamesh and Enkidu plan to return to Uruk with Humbaba’s head. This is significant because


it is a convention in many narratives of the hero slaying the monster.


the head will serve as treasure to fill their coffers, which is a testament to Gilgamesh’s hunger for power and gold.


taking Humbaba's head is a way to spite the monster after his death because Mesopotamians value gloating and boasting.


the head symbolizes Enkidu's hubris and foreshadows his downfall.


the head symbolizes the hard work and effort Enkidu put into killing the monster with his own hands.

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