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1 The Homecoming from the Odyssey Introducing the Epic Poem
Epic Poem by Homer Translated by Robert Fitzgerald Introducing the Epic Poem with Literary Analysis: Characteristics of an Epic Reading Strategy: Summarizing Vocabulary in Context VIDEO TRAILER

2 How does it feel to come HOME again?
INTRODUCING THE EPIC POEM How does it feel to come HOME again? If you spend enough time at any airport or bus station, you’re bound to witness an emotional scene. A long-awaited homecoming can touch us more deeply than almost anything.

3 How does it feel to come HOME again?
INTRODUCING THE EPIC POEM How does it feel to come HOME again? Imagine a traveler who’s been away for years, whose family thought he might never return. What kind of scene might you expect at this homecoming? QUICKWRITE Recall a time when you or someone you know returned home after some time away. Write a brief description of the scene, and explain the emotions that went along with it.

4 The Homecoming from the Odyssey
Click on the title to play the trailer. The Homecoming from the Odyssey

5 Characteristics of an Epic
In the simplest terms, an epic is a long adventure story. Often an epic plot spans many years and involves a long journey. An epic setting spans great distances and foreign lands.

6 Characteristics of an Epic
Epic themes reflect timeless concerns, such as courage, honor, life, and death. Epics also contain archetypes, or patterns found in works across different cultures and time periods. As explained in Part 1, the epic hero is an archetype. So is the notion of a heroic journey. King Arthur Perseus Robin Hood

7 Characteristics of an Epic
Other archetypes are also found in the Odyssey. intervention by gods floods and storms

8 Characteristics of an Epic
descent into the underworld heroic battles against monsters As you read the second part of the Odyssey, look for these and other archetypes. Consider where else you might have encountered them in literature, art, or film.

9 Summarizing Writing a plot summary—a brief retelling of a story—is a good way to make sure you’re following the events of a narrative. An epic consists of many episodes, each with its own set of characters, conflicts, and resolution. Book 5: Calypso keeps Odysseus captive Book 10: Circe turns Odysseus’s men into pigs. Book 11: The crew visits the Land of the Dead

10 Summarizing As you read, record information that will help you summarize each episode. Episode: Father and Son Characters: Setting: Odysseus, Eumaeus Odysseus’s homeland of Ithaca Conflict: Resolution:

11 adversity aloof commandeer contemptible desolation implacable restitution revelry revulsion tremulous Replace the bold-faced words in the sentences below with synonyms from the list of words in the box. 1. It’s disgusting to be shaky in the face of hardship. [contemptible, tremulous, adversity] 2. He felt an unforgiving hatred for his captors. [implacable, revulsion] 3. Don’t act distant; forget sorrow and join the celebration. [aloof, desolation, revelry] 4. He could seize enemy ships as repayment for wrongs. [commandeer, restitution]

12 adversity n. hardship; misfortune
aloof adj. distant; remote; standoffish commandeer v. to take control of by force contemptible adj. deserving of scorn; despicable desolation n. lonely grief; misery implacable adv. impossible to soothe; unforgiving

13 restitution n. a making good for loss or damage; repayment
revelry n. noisy merrymaking; festivity revulsion n. a sudden feeling of disgust or loathing tremulous adj. marked by trembling or shaking

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