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THE EPIC HERO. WHAT IS A HERO? 1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated.

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1 THE EPIC HERO

2 WHAT IS A HERO? 1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. 2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life 3. A person noted for special achievement in a particular field 4. The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.

3 WHAT DO HEROES TEACH US? The heros quest helps us understand our own journey through life. The hero is a social icon that represents the values important to a society.

4 CHARACTERISTICS OF A HERO Imposing in statue (physical or social) Their style is grand, yet simple The setting of their story is vast Super-human courage and strength Faces supernatural forces

5 THE HEROS JOURNEY BIRTH: The hero comes from humble origins or a disadvantaged situation. INITIATION: The hero discovers that he has a special calling. THE HEROS JOURNEY

6 THE QUEST: The hero sets out on a journey which is both physical and spiritual. The hero will face temptation, and have obstacles to overcome and a foe to vanquish. A mentor may help them achieve their goals. THE HEROS JOURNEY

7 ROMANCE: The hero will meet a romantic counterpart. THE JOURNEY HOME: The hero achieves his goal, then returns home where his exploits are celebrated. THE HEROS JOURNEY

8 LEARN MORE ABOUT EPIC HEROES These links will take you to websites where you can learn more about heroes, and get examples of heroes from different time periods:

9 Now that youve learned the characteristics of an epic hero, you will use your knowledge to identify the heroes that exist in our culture today! YOUR TASK

10 PICTURE REFERENCES Spider-man: Lara Croft: Batman: Zeus: Odysseus: Conan: Superman: 5-movie.jpghttp://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/news/superman-5/superman- 5-movie.jpg Luke Skywalker: The Bride: The Incredibles:


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