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The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
The Epic and Epic Hero
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  • 1. The Epic and The Epic Hero Mrs. Kocan World Mythology Peters Township High School
  • 2. <ul><li>A long narrative poem that tells the story of divine beings and people fighting a war or taking a long and arduous journey. </li></ul>An epic is…
  • 3. <ul><li>Epics were originally sung to an audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Epics revolve around the struggles of the hero. </li></ul><ul><li>Epics deal with legendary or historical events of national or universal significance. </li></ul><ul><li>Most epics deal with the exploits of a single individual. </li></ul>Characteristics
  • 4. <ul><li>Typically, an epic includes several features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction of supernatural forces that shape the action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict in the form of battles or other physical combat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stylistic conventions such as an invocation of the Muse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal statement of the theme </li></ul></ul>Characteristics
  • 5. <ul><ul><li>Long lists of protagonists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set speeches couched in elevated language </li></ul></ul>Characteristics
  • 6. <ul><li>The hero reflects the values and ideas of his culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The hero struggles for values and ideas that are important to his culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The hero fights against values and ideas that his culture rejects. </li></ul><ul><li>The hero is helped (sometimes) by divine beings. </li></ul>Epic features of heroes
  • 7. <ul><li>The hero seeks revenge in the end for injustices and wrongs committed against him, his family and his society. </li></ul>Epic features of heroes
  • 8. <ul><li>Excels in skill, strength and courage </li></ul><ul><li>Succeeds in war and adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Values honor and glory </li></ul><ul><li>Usually has a guide </li></ul><ul><li>Battles demons or monsters </li></ul><ul><li>Is generous to followers but ruthless to enemies </li></ul>Personality traits of the epic hero
  • 9. <ul><li>Is a man of action </li></ul><ul><li>Accepts challenges and sometimes invites problems </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes makes rash decisions and takes unnecessary risks </li></ul><ul><li>Meets monsters and temptations </li></ul><ul><li>Encounters women who tempt him </li></ul>Personality traits of the epic hero
  • 10. <ul><li>Descends into darkness (often the underworld) </li></ul><ul><li>Achieves goal </li></ul>Personality traits of the epic hero

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