The dream near the beginning of the tale plays an important role in the Keret epic from Ugarit. Keret, suffering from deep depression after the death of his wife and his children in a series of tragic incidents, cries himself to sleep. This is stated in the text as:
šnt tlun wyškb ‘Sleep overtook him while he lay,
nhmmt wyqmṣ slumber while he crouched’; (CTA 14 i 33–35).
Lying in the crouched, curled-up position usual in incubation, he dreamt. The narrative concerning the dream begins with:
wbḥlmh il yrd ‘In his dream El descended,
bḏhrth ab adm in his ḏhrt the Father of Man’ (11. 35–37).