Themes and Treasures

Themes from Gilgamesh and Hamlet

The uncertainty of death.

Hamlet has been unable to act upon his motives for personal revenge, and this frustrates him. He does seriously consider suicide. He relates his personal struggle to the struggles that all of mankind shares. Given that you don't know what happens after you die, Hamlet realizes that death wouldn't be the ideal resolution.

"You have turned dark and do not hear me!" But his (Enkidu's) eyes do not move, he touched his heart, but it beat no longer."

Gilgamesh is is talking about how Enkidu is dead, it still doesn't seem like he totally accepts this fact. As Gilgamesh touches Enkidu's heart as though he were trying to see if, by some miracle, Enkidu wasn't actually dead.