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“Have you abandoned me now, dear [Gilgamesh]? You told me that you would come to help me when I was afraid. But I cannot see you, you have not come to fight off this danger. Yet weren’t we to remain forever inseparable, you and I?” (Mitchell 149).

What Mesopotamian value might this passage about Enkidu's fear of death illustrate?


This passage uses tropes of masculinity dissolving in the face of death, the ultimate end, to show the universal fear of the unknown.


This passage illustrates the Mesopotamian view of death as being an afterlife that consists of crowns for those who do good deeds in life.


This passage illustrates death and dying as a universal equalizer, where king, sidekick, etc. all meet the same end.


This passage illustrates the Mesopotamian value of friendship and emphasizes that bonds will last forever, even after death.


This passage illustrates the universal truth that a fulfilled life is one that leads to a happy end.

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