2 Epican epic is a long narrative poem that recounts the deeds of gods or heroes
3 Epicthe main character or protagonist is larger than life, often the source and subject of legend or a national herothe deeds of the hero are presented without favoritism, revealing his failings as well as his virtuesthe action, often in battle, reveals the more-than- human strength of the heroes as they engage in acts of heroism and couragethe setting covers several nations, the whole world, or even the universethe gods and lesser divinities play an active role in the outcome of actionsall of the various adventures form an organic whole, where each event relates in some way to the central theme
4 EpicInvocation to the muse or other deity ("Sing, goddess, of the wrath of Achilles")Story begins in medias res (in the middle of things)Catalogs (of participants on each side, ships, sacrifices)Histories and descriptions of significant items (who made a sword or shield, how it was decorated, who owned it from generation to generation)Frequent use of epithets ("Aeneas the true"; "rosy-fingered Dawn"; "tall-masted ship")Long, formal speeches by important charactersJourney to the underworldPrevious episodes in the story are later recounted
6 Epic hero Many, but not all epic heroes have these qualities. The Hero’s father is a kingThe Hero is reputed to be the son of a godThe Hero then becomes the kingThe Epic Hero is larger than life and embodies the values of particular society
7 Epic HeroAn epic hero is superhuman. His braver, stronger, smarter and cleverer than an ordinary manThe epic hero is on a quest for something of great value to him or to his peopleThe villain who try to keep the hero from his quest are usually uglier, more evil, and more cunning than anyone we know in ordinary life
8 Epic Hero The divine world interferes with the human world The epic hero often experiences a symbolic death or has to travel to the underworld
9 Homeric Similean extended comparison that mounts in excitement and usually ends in a climax. The Homeric simile is also known as the epic simile
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