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1 Literary Skill: The Epic Simile Advanced Skill: Analyze Epithet Detecting Imagery

2  Extended comparisons  Color and amplify  Digression from the plot

3 “Bright as that star amid the stars in the night sky, / star of the evening, brightest star that rides the heavens, / so fire flared from the sharp point of the spear Achilles / brandished.”

4  Reread the simile in lines  Paraphrase the text to ensure understanding.  Literal Question: What things are being compared in the simile?  Interpretive Question: What might this simile, and others in the story, tell you about Homer’s listeners?  Experiential Question: How do animals behave when they are hunting? How do they behave when they are being hunted?

5  Phrases that include adjectives describing characteristics of a person or thing.  Aid to listener to identify.  Aid to oral story teller to maintain meter and recall plot.

6  “swift Achilles”  “swift racer Achilles”  “brilliant Achilles”  “proud runner Achilles”  “Hector, breaker of horses”

7  Re-read lines from “With that” to “my fighting strength.”  What epithets describe Hector?  What evidence in the passage supports the epithets used to describe Hector?  What additional epithet does Homer include?  How do the epithet’s contribute to the tone of the passage?

8  Writing that speaks to or engages the senses.

9  Find the following words in the text: lethal (line 51) onslaught (line 76) gluts (line 91) rend (line 194) defiled (line 253) Explain how each word contributes to the imagery of battle.


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