Presentation on theme: "An Introduction to the Epic & the Epic Hero"— Presentation transcript:
1 An Introduction to the Epic & the Epic Hero Homer’s OdysseyAn Introduction to the Epic & the Epic Hero
2 EPIC: a long narrative poem that tells the adventures of heroes who embody the values of their particular civilizations.
3 The Epic Hero Strengths: Courage Physical Strength Cunning IntelligenceUnfailing LoyaltyDevotion to DutyChampion of Freedom and Justice
4 The Epic Hero Flaws -Love of Glory (pride) -> HUBRIS -Susceptible to Temptation/Doubt
5 The Hero’s Journey The Beginning THE CALL TO ADVENTURE REFUSAL OF THE CALLMEETING WITH THE MENTOR TESTS, ALLIES AND ENEMIES Midway Through THE ORDEALTHE REWARDTHE ROAD BACKThe ClimaxTHE RESURRECTION—the climax
6 Epics are Filled with action Written in verse (originally chanted or sung)Contain supernatural and noble characters
7 Epic Conventions Appeal to the muse In medias res (in the middle of the action)Elaborate (Homeric) similesExtended formal speechesEpithets: adj. or adj. phrase describing a person; the art of a name
8 Homer Considered first known poet of Western Literature Blind Could not read or write (sang)Composed The Iliad (750 B.C.) and The Odyssey (720 B.C.)
9 Homer’s EpicsIliadRecounts the battles in the last year of the 10 year war between the Greeks and the TrojansHeroes: Hector & AchillesOdyssey24 booksDouble Plot:Telemachus’s search for his father; Odysseus’sadventures in the 10 year journey from the war
10 The Greek Gods Anthropomorphic Interfere in human affairs (take sides) Disguise themselves as humans to help, test, or hurt humansActions more governed by emotions than morality
11 ZeusRuler of the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus
12 PoseidonGod of the SeaEnemy to Odysseus; tries to keep him from reaching home
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