1. The story of Gilgamesh, I believe, does contain some of the stages of a Hero’s Journey. At first I was assuming that Gilgamesh would be the hero in this story, for he does crave adventure, has a turning point/life lesson. However, Enkidu is made from nothing (hero’s typically come from lower class?). Furthermore, Enkidu first meets Gilgamesh when he stops him from entering a young brides chamber. He has a true hero’s personality and calling to do good. Also, after Gilgamesh and Enkidu become friends, they go on adventures together to cut down the sacred trees, and in doing so have to defeat the monster Humbaba, Enraging the gods, one must be punished and Enkidu is choses. His sacrifice seems to me a heroic thing to do.
2. The functions of mythology are present, I would say that the sociological part is clearer to me. It is an extremely old myth that still exists today and tells of a cultures lessons by using fables and even sometimes parables. I feel like mythes could be very complex to write because you are trying to get a point across by writing in fables and what not and either consciously or subconsciously incorporating the different functions of mythology.
3. I see Gilgamesh’s journey as a success, for he transformed out of a young man whose sense of adventure was satisfied by inflicting others, and he was transformed into an adult who had a sense of what life was really about. As odd as I found this story to be, I think that it achieved some well developed stages of a Hero’s Journey and relayed some important lessons.