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The Epic Hero Cycle: The Odyssey
Transcript of The Epic Hero Cycle: The Odyssey
The main character is a hero, who often possesses supernatural abilities or qualities. Stage 2:
The hero is charged with a quest. Stage 3:
The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself (or herself) and his/her quest. Stage 4:
The presence of numerous mythical beings, magical and helpful animals, and human helpers and companions. Stage 5:
The hero's travels take him/her to a supernatural world , often one that normal human beings are barred from entering. Stage 6:
The cycle must reach a low point where the hero nearly gives up his quest or appears defeated After Odysseus' men kill Helios' cattle, they set sail for Ithaca. Helios is angry so he gets Zeus to send a big storm to punish Odysseus' men. The storm causes their boat to split in half and all of the men go tumbling into the water. Odysseus quickly makes a little raft and the storm pushes him toward Charybdis and Scylla. Stage 7:
Resurrection, hero comes back from the low point. Odysseus gets past Scylla and Charybdis and floats till he lands on Ogygia Isle. Calypso, a beautiful sea nymph, lives there. She holds Odysseus captive for seven years and then finally helps him build a raft to sail home. He then lands on Phaeacia, the island of the Phaeacians and tells them the story of his journey. They then send him back to Ithaca on one of their ships. Stage 8:
Restitution-Hero regains power or claims his rightful place of honor. Odysseus arrives in Ithaca disguised as a beggar. He reveals his true identity to his twenty year old son, Telemachus. Together, Odysseus and Telemachus kill all of the suitors, who were trying to court Odysseus' wife, Penelope. Odysseus then proves to Penelope he is really Odysseus and they live HAPPILY EVER AFTER.