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What makes a  HERO?
Quick-Write & Discuss   Make a list of individuals you consider to    be heroes. These can be specific names of    people...
YOUR Definition   Go forth and find a quotation, song lyrics,    or an image that helps you    express/specify your perso...
What is an     EPIC HERO?EPIC = Long, narrative poemcentering on a hero and his/herquest
The GREEKS’ Definition How did the Greeks, including Homer, define and characterize heroes in their epics?        Photo c...
Characteristics of an Epic Hero1.   The hero of an     epic is a human     being with     characteristics     a society   ...
Characteristics of an Epic Hero2.   He fights for a noble cause:        those who cannot defend         themselves (women...
Characteristics of an Epic Hero                                                3. An epic hero is                         ...
Characteristics of an Epic Hero4.The epic hero  often has a mix  of divine and  mortal blood—  and therefore  possesses  h...
The Journey  Key question: What   experiences and obstacles   are unique to those of a   hero?  The Greeks believed all ...
Journey of the Epic Hero1.The epic  hero is  charged with  a quest for  something of  great value  to him or to  his peopl...
Journey of the Epic Hero2. The hero is  tested over and  over to prove  his worthiness,  usually by the  gods, and  supern...
Journey of the Epic Hero                                   3. The hero’s                                     travels take ...
Journey of the Epic Hero4. The hero’s journey must  reach a “low” point where  he nearly gives up on his  quest or appears...
Journey of the Epic Hero5. The hero finally regains his  rightful place in society—as  the king, the father, the  military...
Connect!                                                    Think about the                                              ...
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Epic Hero Characteristics

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The Epic Hero and his journey

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Epic Hero Characteristics

  1. 1. What makes a HERO?
  2. 2. Quick-Write & Discuss Make a list of individuals you consider to be heroes. These can be specific names of people you do/don’t know personally, people within a profession, etc. Now, look back at your list. What characteristics do these people share?
  3. 3. YOUR Definition Go forth and find a quotation, song lyrics, or an image that helps you express/specify your personal definition of “What makes a hero?” Example: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ~Christopher Reeve
  4. 4. What is an EPIC HERO?EPIC = Long, narrative poemcentering on a hero and his/herquest
  5. 5. The GREEKS’ Definition How did the Greeks, including Homer, define and characterize heroes in their epics? Photo courtesy of Abir Anwar http://www.flickr.com/photos/abir82/3962355685/lightbox/
  6. 6. Characteristics of an Epic Hero1. The hero of an epic is a human being with characteristics a society admires and often wishes to emulate. © Copyright David Dixon http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2956596
  7. 7. Characteristics of an Epic Hero2. He fights for a noble cause:  those who cannot defend themselves (women and children)  the preservation of a society  honor and the noble way of life.
  8. 8. Characteristics of an Epic Hero 3. An epic hero is superhuman. He is braver, stronger, smarter, and cleverer than an ordinary person.Photo courtesy of Victoria_Rata, http://www.arteyfotografia.com.ar/18759/fotos/426560/
  9. 9. Characteristics of an Epic Hero4.The epic hero often has a mix of divine and mortal blood— and therefore possesses human weakness. Photo courtesy of Antonio Pollaiolo, http://www.artelista.com/ypobra.php?o=19358
  10. 10. The Journey  Key question: What experiences and obstacles are unique to those of a hero?  The Greeks believed all epic heroes go on the same “journey.”
  11. 11. Journey of the Epic Hero1.The epic hero is charged with a quest for something of great value to him or to his people. Photo Courtesy of Eddie van W. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiritual_marketpla ce/2207966935/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  12. 12. Journey of the Epic Hero2. The hero is tested over and over to prove his worthiness, usually by the gods, and supernatural obstacles and creatures. Photo courtesy of Johann Heinrich Füssli http://www.artelista.com/ypobra.php?o=3278
  13. 13. Journey of the Epic Hero 3. The hero’s travels take him to the divine world in order to accomplish his quest.Photo courtesy of Microsoft Word
  14. 14. Journey of the Epic Hero4. The hero’s journey must reach a “low” point where he nearly gives up on his quest or appears defeated… …but then surmounts his obstacles to fight back and complete his quest.
  15. 15. Journey of the Epic Hero5. The hero finally regains his rightful place in society—as the king, the father, the military leader, etc.
  16. 16. Connect!  Think about the epic hero and the hero’s journey. What modern books, stories, movies, songs, TV shoes have characters and/or plots that fit this description?Photo courtesy of Andres Ruedahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/andresrueda/3454490060/sizes/m/in/photostream/

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