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Read the following proclamation from Enkidu from Book I that follows his longing for a companion.

“I will go, Shamhat. Take me with you to great-walled Uruk, to the temple of Ishtar, to the palace of Gilgamesh the mighty king. I will challenge him. I will shout to his face: I am the mightiest! I am the man who can make the world tremble! I am supreme!” (Mitchell 80).

What tone is illustrated here, and what does this foreshadow about the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu?


The cruel tone that Enkidu uses foreshadows the combative relationship between the two, as well as Enkidu’s later evolution as the epic’s rival and antagonist.


The ironic tone is emphasized through Enkidu’s initial longing for a friend and his later proclamation that he will assert his dominance over Gilgamesh. This foreshadows the hypocritical nature of Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s relationship.


The heated tone that Enkidu uses foreshadows the tumultuous relationship that will develop between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.


The forceful tone that Enkidu uses to talk about his initial meeting for Gilgamesh indicates that Enkidu will be the stronger, mightier personality in his relationship with Gilgamesh.


The combative tone that Enkidu takes when talking about his first meeting with Gilgamesh foreshadows the initial battle between the two that later solidifies them as friends.

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