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The fact that both Gilgamesh and Enkidu are described through a unique simile as having “muscles like rock” (Mitchell 75-76) is significant because it

A

emphasizes the opposition Gilgamesh and Enkidu will initially face and highlights the idea that they are equally matched in power, which is significant to their character foil pairing.

B

foreshadows the idea that both characters, equally matched, will serve as the protagonist and antagonist of the epic.

C

creates a detached sense of irony in the fact that both men are powerfully strong but physically weak.

D

alludes to the Mesopotamian goddess Aruru’s design of Enkidu from mere clay and emphasizes Gilgamesh’s similar origin myth.

E

contrasts the physique of Gilgamesh, who is tall and strong, with Enkidu, who is squat and powerful.

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