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After Gilgamesh slays Humbaba, Enkidu says,

“By your great strength you have killed Humbaba, the forest’s watchman. What could bring you dishonor now?” (Mitchell 128).

This is ironic because

A

Mesopotamians value intellect, cunning, and humility over physical prowess, yet Enkidu associates physical strength with honor and heroic deeds.

B

Enkidu is the one who slew Humbaba, yet he attributes the credit and glory to Gilgamesh.

C

This heroic feat is in fact deeply dishonorable, as it went against the gods' will.

D

Killing Humbaba has brought shame on Gilgamesh, yet Enkidu thinks that killing the monster is an honorable act.

E

Enkidu had been scared throughout the entire journey and had never exhibited any excitement or desire to slay Humbaba, yet he is now congratulating Gilgamesh for slaying the beast.

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