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At the beginning of Book V when Enkidu and Gilgamesh encounter Humbaba, Enkidu says,

“Dear friend, I cannot continue, I am frightened, I cannot go on” (Mitchell 119).

What is the significance of Enkidu’s reaction?

A

Enkidu’s reaction showcases his whiny, fearful nature, and emphasizes how weak he is in comparison to the mighty Gilgamesh.

B

When Gilgamesh is scared of his dreams, Enkidu offers solace, and when Enkidu fears Humbaba, Gilgamesh comforts him. This role reversal emphasizes the foil pairing between Enkidu and Gilgamesh.

C

Enkidu’s reaction stems from guilt because it was his idea to kill Humbaba, and he is now regretting his decision to leave Uruk.

D

Gilgamesh had dreamt of bad omens, and it is only now that Enkidu realizes that these dreams are prophecies of their doom at Humbaba’s hands.

E

When Enkidu admits his fear, he demonstrates his shameful cowardice.

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