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“[Gilgamesh and Enkidu] charged at Humbaba like two wild bulls” (Mitchell 124).

This signals a moment of transformation for Gilgamesh and Enkidu because


bulls were sacred in Mesopotamian culture; referring to both men as bulls proves their worthiness and heroism at this point in the epic.


until this point in the epic, Gilgamesh has been compared to a bull — hard-headed, combative, and brutish. Now Enkidu, often symbolized as a docile antelope, has assimilated Gilgamesh’s traits.


this quotation proves their unwavering bravery.


this simile illustrates both men's stubbornness and indicates their transformation into wild beings.


it highlights the progression of both characters from meek individuals to brave warriors.

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