The Epic of Gilgamesh Essay Assignment Choose one of the following questions and create an outline of your response on an index card. Bring the card to class on Friday. You will refer to the card as you construct your answer. You will receive a grade for both the five-paragraph essay and the index card. Essay Questions: 1. Analyze the friendship of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Use details from the text to support your thesis. 2. Discuss Gilgamesh and whether or not he fits into the mold of “epic hero.” How does he compare to contemporary heroes? 3. Compare and contrast the “Flood Story” in The Epic of Gilgamesh to that of Noah in the Bible. Incorporate appropriate compare/contrast transition words into your response. 4. Analyze the role of women in the text. Even though the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is central to the text, there are a number of female characters. Cite examples from the text to support your thesis. 5. What do the selections from The Epic of Gilgamesh tell us about the society that produced it? 6. What is Gilgamesh like at the beginning of the story? How does Enkidu change Gilgamesh? Discuss how the character of Gilgamesh changes and grows in response to the events in the story. 7. What does Gilgamesh learn about death and immortality from Utnapishtim? Would you like to have the type of immortality that Utnapishtim possesses? Does death give meaning to life? Use details from the story to support your answer.