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Epic Hero Cycle: The Odyssey
Transcript of Epic Hero Cycle: The Odyssey
The main character is a hero, who often possesses supernatural abilities or qualities
The hero is charged with a quest.
The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest.
The presence of numerous mythical beings, magical and helpful animals, and human helpers and companions.
The cycle must reach a low point where the hero nearly gives up his quest or appears defeated.
Resurrection, the hero comes back from the low point.
Odysseus is the king of Ithaca. He is very strong, clever and cunning. He helped the Greeks win the Trojan War with his horse idea. Odysseus is a very known man.
Odysseus wants to get home and redeem his place as king. He wants to see his wife and son. While he has been away, men are trying to court his wife. While Odysseus is trying to get home he faces complications on his voyage.
Odysseus faces many difficulties trying to get home, the Cyclops, Charybdis and Scylla, and the Sirens. Poseidon (the god of the sea) is the father of the Cyclops, is angry at Odysseus when he harms his son. Zeus becomes angry when his men take all the women and food from the village.
Odysseus is helped by lots of mythical beings and gods. Circe tells him in order to reach home he needs to visit the Land of the Dead first. Aeolus helps Odysseus by giving him bag of wind. Athena disguises him as a beggar so he can ambush the suitors, which Zeus also helps with.
The hero travels take him to a supernatural world, often one that normal human beings are barred from entering.
Odysseus must travel to the Land of the Dead in order to get home. Nobody would dare go here unless they have died. He goes there to talk to the blind prophet Tiresias. Odysseus sees his mother who he did not know died and an old member of the crew, Elpenor.
After the crew member kill Helios cattle, which they were told NOT to do they sail for Ithaca. Helios is angry so he gets Zeus to punish them with a big storm. This causes the boat to break and the men to go into the water. Leaving Odysseus going towards Scylla and Charybdis.
Odysseus gets past Scylla and Charybdis. He floats to Calypsos island and holds Odysseus captive for 7 years, eventually she lets him free and he builds a raft to sail home. He ends up in Phaeacia and tells the people of his journey. They send him back home to Ithaca on one of their nice ships.
Restitution: Hero regains power or claims rightful place of honor.
Odysseus arrives in Ithaca disguised as a beggar with Athena's help. He only shows his identity to his son, Telemachus. United they come up with a plan and kill all the suitors trying to court Odysseus's wife, Penelope. Odysseus proves he's her husband with her test, and they live Happily Ever After.