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Enkidu is described as “[standing] like a boulder” (Mitchell 89) when he first meets Gilgamesh.

This simile symbolizes Enkidu and Gilgamesh’s friendship because it

A

validates the revelatory nature of Gilgamesh’s dream of a boulder that he tries to move and later befriends.

B

parallels what the narrator said at the beginning of the epic when describing Gilgamesh, who also stood like a boulder.

C

showcases Enkidu's great strength, which is like a mighty rock.

D

illustrates being stuck between a rock and a hard place, which accurately reflects the difficult nature of their relationship.

E

creates an image of stubbornness that hints at the obdurate relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, who do not yield to one another’s requests.

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