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					  The Epic
  Stuff You Need to
Know before Reading the
       Odyssey
        EN09
   Homeric Simile
an extended
comparison between
heroic events and easily
understood everyday
events
EX: “Then he advanced on
them like a mountain lion who
sallies out, defying wind and
rain in the pride of his power,
with fire in his eyes, to hunt the
oxen or the sheep, to stalk the
roaming deer, or to be forced
by hunger to besiege the very
walls of the homestead and
attack the pens.”
            Epithet
an adjective or other
descriptive phrase
that is regularly used
to characterize a
person, place, or
thing
wise Athena
       Suspense

the uncertainty a
reader feels about
what is going to
happen next
              Imagery
•language that appeals
to the senses
•esp. sight words
                     myth
•a traditional story that is
rooted in a particular
culture
•is typically religious
•usually serves to explain a
belief, ritual, or mysterious
natural phenomenon
                 epic
•a long narrative poem
•a quest undertaken in
search of something of
value
        I need a hero!
•A hero is a man in myth and
legend who is often of noble
birth.
•He is endowed with great
courage and strength.
•He is celebrated for his
bold exploits.
•He is favored by the gods.
              A hero...
•...has great strength or
ability
•...is often inclined to
boasting or foolhardiness
•...is mortal
              A hero...
•...overcomes both
internal and external
demons/struggles
•...is imperfect (possesses
human fallibility)
•...is on a quest
What is a quest?

a search or pursuit
made to find or obtain
something
     Quest Pattern
•begins with a plunge into
the unknown or darkness
(like war)
•hero faces a challenge,
often with divine assistance
•three most common
challenges:
  •monsters
  •demons
  •other-worldly creatures
•challenges threaten the hero
and destroy his companions
•also included is a journey
to the underworld or some
connection with death
•the hero is then reborn and
can return enlightened to his
known world
   rhapsode/bard
•a person who composed
and recited epic poems
•often accompanied
himself on a harp or lyre
The Iliad and the
Odyssey are
considered the two
greatest Greek
epics.
The Iliad and
the Odyssey
are from the
oral, unwritten
form of
literature and
are meant to be
heard, not read.
            the Ililad
The Iliad is about
Achilles and the last
year of the Trojan
War.
The Odyssey is
about Odysseus
and his ten year
voyage home after
the Trojan War.
•Odyssey is a Greek
work meaning “the tale of
Odysseus.”
•The Odyssey is more
than 2500 years old.
The Iliad
and the Odyssey were
written by Homer.
               Homer...
•...probably lived and
wrote in the 8th or 9th
centuries B.C.E.
•...was probably born on the
island of Chios on the
western coast of
Asia Minor.
           Homer...
...might have been blind,
but there is no real
evidence to support
this.
Modern-Day
Epic Heroes


  Luke
 Frodo
 Indiana
Skywalker
  Jones
Superman and
other “super”
heroes
are not true
epic heroes.
Movies are the
most common
medium for the
modern epic.
Luke Skywalker
had the Force
Odysseus received
help from the gods
during his travels.
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