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Epics

  1. 1. EPICS<br />
  2. 2. Epic<br />Long narrative poem<br />Adventures of legendary hero<br />The hero’s accomplishments reflect the values of his/her culture<br />
  3. 3. Elements of the Epic<br />Epic Hero<br />Heroic Quest<br />Valorous Deeds<br />Divine Intervention<br />Great Events<br />
  4. 4. Epic Hero<br />Larger-than-life<br />Typically Noble<br />Courageous, Skilled<br />Virtuous, Good<br />Fights Evil<br />
  5. 5. Heroic Quest<br />Long, Dangerous Journey<br />Proves Heroism<br />Wins Honor and Renown<br />Aids Others<br />
  6. 6. Valorous Deeds<br />Demonstrate Hero’s Courage, Strength, or Virtue<br />Make up most of the Action<br />Battles Evil Forces<br />Saves Others<br />
  7. 7. Divine Intervention<br />Hero receives Help: God/Supernatural Force takes interest in Hero’s Quest<br />
  8. 8. Great Events<br />Historical/Mythological events as Backdrop for Epic<br />E.g.: The Iliad, Trojan War<br />
  9. 9. Folk Epics<br />Oral Tradition<br />Written down long after first composed<br />Examples:<br />Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon<br />Gilgamesh (Sumerian)<br />
  10. 10. Literary Epics<br />Written by individual authors<br />Examples:<br />Iliad and Odyssey by Homer<br />Aeneid by Virgil<br />Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri<br />Paradise Lost by John Milton<br />
  11. 11. Epic Conventions<br />Shared Literary Characteristics<br />An Epic Usually…<br />States subject/purpose<br />Muse helps tell story<br />Plot begins in middle<br />Serious tone<br />Long speeches<br />Lists of battles, weapons, royal gifts<br />

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