In the epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh struggled with the fear of many things. He feared not being able to become immortal, and in the end ultimately failed. He was very frightened and worried about his dear friend Enkidu's description of the afterlife. Gilgamesh was not sure of what was in store for him and wanted to avoid all of this by becoming an immortal. In Gilgamesh's quest for immortality, he had to go through treaturous obstacles that could have easily ended his life. The fear of Humbaba, was one obstacle that he was not sure he could survive. This was how determined he was to gain immortality and not face death.