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Epic Hero

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  • 1. Epic and Epic Heroes
  • 2. JOURNAL TOPIC <ul><li>What makes a hero? What are four qualities a hero must possess? </li></ul>
  • 3. What is an Epic? <ul><li>A long story in poem form. </li></ul><ul><li>An epic has a hero. </li></ul><ul><li>The epic is the story of the hero’s travels and his fights with monsters. </li></ul>
  • 4. Epic Continued… <ul><li>Epics were originally sung, often to a harp. </li></ul><ul><li>Epics contain information about the culture that created them: religion, dress, homes, weapons and war, roles of men and women, values and moral standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Epics contain clues to what the people who created them feared or did not understand: natural disasters, death, heavens, storms etc. </li></ul>
  • 5. What do they all have in common?
  • 6. Traits of an Epic Hero <ul><li>Has “larger than life” qualities, possibly supernatural powers. </li></ul>
  • 7. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Is a natural leader of men. </li></ul>
  • 8. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Is appealing to the opposite sex but rarely has an extended relationship. </li></ul>
  • 9. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Defeats monsters (bad guys) and/or fights gods </li></ul>
  • 10. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Has “good” on his or her side. </li></ul><ul><li>(Ares the God of War rode along side the Trojans aiding them in war.) </li></ul>
  • 11. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Often stands alone in battle. </li></ul><ul><li>Beowulf fights big battles alone. </li></ul>
  • 12. Traits of An Epic Hero <ul><li>Is smarter than everyone else, generally a problem solver. </li></ul><ul><li>Odysseus tricks the Trojan’s by hiding inside a “gift horse” and surprising them. </li></ul>
  • 13. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Has a weakness that often destroys him or her or leads to death. </li></ul><ul><li>Achilles was shot and killed in his vulnerable heel that was not dipped in the river Styx. </li></ul>
  • 14. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>Makes long journeys, always on the move, travels to find adventure. </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana Jones travels the globe in search of artifacts and adventure. </li></ul>
  • 15. Traits of an epic hero <ul><li>A Skilled Fighter </li></ul>

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