In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh fulfills the conditions of a quest story because he searches for immortality, overcomes hurdles, and gets help from others. In order for Gilgamesh to achieve immortality he fights monsters, conquer lands with the help of the gods and his friends.
Gilgamesh’s search for immortality begins when he fights Humbaba. After slaying Humbaba he realizes that he will not achieve his goal for immortality, but instead eternal fame. Of course this is no good enough for him so he then proceeds to talk to Utnapishnim. Utnapishnim is a man in the story who is immortal. He tells Gilgamesh his story of how he became immortal. He then tells Gilgamesh of way he to can become immortal. He would have to stay awake for seven days without any sleep. He not only fails this task but also sleeps for six of the seven days. Gilgamesh is then given another chance for his goal; there is a root in the bottom of a sea that will give anybody who possesses it immortality. He finds this root and on his way back to the village he finds a well. He decides to bathe in this well, while in the well a serpent attacks him. The serpent steals his root. So all he has to come home with is a story. His story is then put up on a great wall that will last forever. So he does not achieve physical immortality but his story is still told today.
Next on his quest for immortality, he overcomes obstacles. His first obstacle would be his fight with Humbaba. He thought that if he fought and destroyed Humbaba he would have immortality because he was thought to be unbeatable. When that didn’t work he searches for Utnapishnim, the immortal man. After he finds him he is given another obstacle, to stay awake for seven days and nights. When that doesn’t work Utnapishnim gives him another chance. Now he has to go search for a root at the bottom of a sea that will give away immortality. He decides to share the root with all of the elders in his village, which shows how he has matured as a person. His last obstacle comes along when he stops to take a break and bathe in a well. In the bottom of the well there is a serpent that attacks him and steals his root. During his long and arduous journey he faces many obstacles that make it near impossible to achieve immortally.
There are many great stories and tales that come from the Ancient Civilization, two of them being Sophocles’ Antigone and the epic of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh tells the story of the careless king of Uruk, that is looking for immortality, who later becomes a wise and responsible king, and the other, Antigone, tells the story of the king of Thebes that is clouded by his own power, who loses everything ...
To overcome the hurdles that Gilgamesh is faced with he needs some help from others. When he fights Humbaba he gets help from two different sources. He not only gets help from his trusty sidekick Enkidu, but also from the Gods. He asks the God of the winds Shamash to help him destroy Humbaba. During this battle he gets some additional help from Enkidu. Enkidu gives Gilgamesh the help that he needs through the entire epic. Not only does he help him physically, but he also aids him mentally by giving him some moral support. Another big help throughout the journey would be Utnapishntim. Utnapishntim not only told him of the story of how he became immortal but he gave Gilgamesh many chances to become immortal also. He told him that if he stayed awake for seven days he would become immortal, he also told him about the root of immortality. So without the aid of others Gilgamesh would not of been able to complete what he had completed.
It has been clearly stated throughout this paper in many ways how Gilgamesh fulfills his quest story. There are examples and facts of how he searches for immortality, overcomes hurdles, and gets help from others. Without any of these events Gilgamesh would have never fulfilled the conditions of his quest story in the Epic of Gilgamesh.