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Sometimes it is hard to fully understand the struggles and actions of a character when their actions take place in a time before ours. However, it is more easily understood when compared to a more recent work. Gilgamesh's journey or rite of passage in the Epic of Gilgamesh can be compared to certain aspects of the Duran Duran song Ordinary World; "Ordinary World" represents Gilgamesh experiencing loneliness, him learning to accept life, and his searching for someone important.
Throughout the Epic of Gilgamesh, it is obvious that Gilgamesh is experiencing loneliness. In Tablet VIII, Gilgamesh says to the deceased Enkidu, " 'I cry now Enkidu, like some crazed woman. I howl. I screech for you because you were the ax upon my belt and the bow in my weak hand; the sword within my sheath, the shield that covered me in battle; my happiest robe, the finest clothes I ever wore, the ones that me look best in the eyes of the world'" (Jackson 53). Through this statement, Gilgamesh makes it clear that he feels incomplete without Enkidu.
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