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Gilgamesh states that he will

pray to the great gods for help, [he] will pray to Shamash… to Anu, father of the gods, to Enlil the counselor, and to Ea the wise, [he] will beg them to show [Enkidu] mercy” (Mitchell 145)

This is ironic because

A

Enkidu had asked for forgiveness from Ishtar, but she refused to show him mercy.

B

Gilgamesh had begged for mercy from the gods, but they refused to acknowledge his remorse.

C

Ishtar had asked Gilgamesh to be merciful to her, but instead he taunted her relentlessly.

D

Enkidu had begged for mercy from the gods when he was almost slain by Humbaba, but they denied his request.

E

Humbaba had begged Gilgamesh to show mercy, but Gilgamesh ignored his pleas.

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