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Epics and Epic Heroes

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Johnette Halpin

on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of Epics and Epic Heroes

Epics and Epic Heroes
Do Now: Journal 2 10/8/13
What makes a hero?
What are four qualities that a hero must posses?

What is an epic?
A long story in poem form
An epic has a hero
The epic is the story of the hero's travels and his fights with monsters
Epics were originally sung, often to a harp.
Epics contain information about the culture that created them: religion, dress, homes, weapons and war, roles of men and women, values and moral standards.
Epics contain clues to what the people who created them feared or did not understand: natural disasters, death, heavens,, storms, etc.
Traits of an Epic Hero
Has "larger than life" qualities, possibly supernatural powers
What do they all have in common?
Traits of an epic hero
Is a natural leader of men
Traits of an epic hero
Is appealing to the opposite sex but rarely has extended relationships
Traits of epic hero
Defeats monsters (bad guys) and/or fights gods
Traits of an epic hero
Has "good" on his or her side
ex: Ares, god of war, rode alongside the Trojans, aiding them in war
Traits of an epic hero
Often stands alone in battle
Beowulf fights big battles alone
Traits of an epic hero
Is smarter than everyone else, generally a problem solver
Odysseus tricks the Trojans by hiding inside a "gift horse" and surprising them
Traits of an epic hero
Has a weakness that often destroys him or her or leads to death
Achilles was shot and killed in his vulnerable heel that was not dipped in the river Styx
Traits of an epic hero
Makes long journeys, always on the move, travels to find adventure.
Indiana Jones travels the globe in search of artifacts and adventure
Traits of an epic hero
A skilled fighter
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