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Epic Hero Notes

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Jillian Hurley

on 11 December 2017

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Transcript of Epic Hero Notes

The Epic Hero
Homework...
Create your own epic hero! Draw your hero (an honest attempt at least), explain how the epic hero traits are represented in that hero, what his or her story is, and then explain your answer- include category that the trait falls under (ex: Depth of Character) Be detailed! I expect ONE well-written sentence per epic trait -that makes SIX sentences with a prep phrase in each! ;) Remember to brainstorm first!
These are the most obvious traits that set the epic hero apart from his counterparts.

Odysseus: remarkably cunning and intelligent

Other epic heroes: abnormal strength, intelligence, endurance, etc.

They take a human quality and raise it
Epic heroes are tools used to represent things that the culture values at the time.

For example: Odysseus

The culture he comes from values success, strength, & smarts.
Heroes go on journeys of some sort.

An epic hero will always embark on a journey of great physical distance and difficulty.

Epic journeys also usually model a circular format; basically, a hero starts off at home, goes off and takes care of business, and returns home.
Unparalleled Qualities
Cultural Values
The Journey
A Hint of the Supernatural
The supernatural influences the epic hero during his/her journey.

Depending on culture, these effects will vary greatly.

For example: Greek Culture
The hero will probably wind up displeasing and/or having special relations with a god/goddess at some point.
Depth of Character
Even with all the superpowers epic heroes maintain a high level of complexity.

For example: Odysseus
Strong, passionate, clever, and determined. However, he does not know when to shut up

This is what makes the epic hero and his/her story interesting; they are AMAZING, but have a tragic flaw.
Recap:
1. Unparalleled Qualities

2. The Journey

3. Hint of the Supernatural

4. Cultural Values

5. Depth of Character

6. Tragic Flaw
That tragic flaw often leads to the character's downfall!
The Epic Hero-pg 1094
What is a tragic flaw?
A tragic flaw is a literary term that refers to a personality trait of a main character that leads to his or her downfall. In other words, a character with a tragic flaw is in need of some kind of attitude adjustment.
What do these images have in common? 3-5 bullet points
Please take notes while you are listening/going through the Prezi.


What is one epic hero trait you would want?
Make sure your name is on it!
Write down three questions you have about what makes an Epic Hero. Come up with your own example of an epic hero to share with the class.
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