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2 The Homecoming from the Odyssey 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

3 The Homecoming from the Odyssey A long-awaited homecoming can touch us more deeply than almost anything. 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.

4 The Homecoming from the Odyssey What kind of scene might you expect at this homecoming? How does it feel to come HOME again? Imagine a traveler who’s been away for years, whose family thought he might never return. 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. INTRODUCING THE EPIC POEM

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

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

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

8 The Homecoming from the Odyssey Characteristics of an Epic Other archetypes are also found in the Odyssey. intervention by gods floods and storms

9 The Homecoming from the Odyssey 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.

10 The HomecomingThe Homecoming from the Odyssey 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

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

12 The Homecoming from the Odyssey [implacable, revulsion] [contemptible, tremulous, adversity] 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. 2. He felt an unforgiving hatred for his captors. 3. Don’t act distant; forget sorrow and join the celebration. 4. He could seize enemy ships as repayment for wrongs. [aloof, desolation, revelry] [commandeer, restitution] adversity aloof commandeer contemptible desolation implacable restitution revelry revulsion tremulous

13 The Homecoming from the Odyssey 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

14 The Homecoming from the Odyssey 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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