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When Gilgamesh encounters Shiduri, the tavern keeper, she locks herself in the bar out of fear, and he responds, “‘Why did you lock yourself in? I want to enter now. If you don’t let me, I will smash your locks and break down your door’” (Mitchell 165).

Gilgamesh’s reaction shows that


he has not really changed at all and is still a combative, bull-headed, oppressive individual.


he is desperate for answers regarding his questions about death and immortality.


he is irrational and crazed after losing his best friend and counterpart Enkidu.


he is angry at the gods for cursing all humans with the ultimate fate of death.


he is being sarcastic and joking with the tavern keeper because he has had an epiphany.

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