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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
validates the revelatory nature of Gilgamesh’s dream of a boulder that he tries to move and later befriends.
parallels what the narrator said at the beginning of the epic when describing Gilgamesh, who also stood like a boulder.
showcases Enkidu's great strength, which is like a mighty rock.
illustrates being stuck between a rock and a hard place, which accurately reflects the difficult nature of their relationship.
creates an image of stubbornness that hints at the obdurate relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, who do not yield to one another’s requests.