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The Epic and Epic Hero


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The Epic and Epic Hero

  1. 1. The Epic and The Epic Hero Mrs. Kocan World Mythology Peters Township High School
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. <ul><li>Descends into darkness (often the underworld) </li></ul><ul><li>Achieves goal </li></ul>Personality traits of the epic hero