Read the following lines from Book X.
“Yes: the gods took Enkidu’s life. But man’s life is short, at any moment it can be snapped, like a reed in a cranebrake. The handsome young man, the lovely young woman—in their prime, death comes and drags them away. Though no one has seen death’s face or heard death’s voice, suddenly, savagely, death destroys us, all of us, old or young” (Mitchell 178).
The word “is” is MOST LIKELY italicized in order to