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Read the following lines from Book V, in which Gilgamesh tries to placate Enkidu’s fears about slaying Humbaba.

“You were raised in the wild, with your own hands you have killed marauding lions and wolves, you are brave, your heart has been tested in combat” (Mitchell 120).

What strategy do these lines MOST utilize to help characterize Enkidu as a capable warrior?


This catalogue (list) provides examples that help support Gilgamesh’s belief that Enkidu is more than capable of helping him fight Humbaba.


The anaphoric use of the pronouns “you” and “your” create an accusatory tone as Gilgamesh reveals his jealousy of Enkidu's prowess.


The mention of the wilderness setting is a way to remind readers that Enkidu’s background as a warrior began in the wild where he fought wars against other animals.


The asyndeton slows the pace of the passage in order to emphasize the gravity of Enkidu’s courage and status as a warrior.


Gilgamesh’s comparison of Enkidu to a lion and wolf illustrate his ferocity and independence.

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