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  1. Epic / Epic Hero Notes Mr. Raber English 12 Honors

  2. Epic Definition An epic is a long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society. -Sometimes called a heroic poem -Beowulf, the Iliad, and the Odyssey are all epics

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  4. Epics often… • Concern eternal human problems such as the conflict between GOOD and EVIL • Written or told on a grand scale and often in ceremonial style

  5. 2 Types of Epics • Folk Epic-oral compositions passed on from storyteller to storyteller and has changed over time. Ex. -Beowulf, the Iliad, and the Odyssey • Literary Epic-written compositions that are unchanged over time. Ex. -Aeneid and Paradise Lost

  6. Beowulf • In comparison to the standard of Homeric epics (15,000 lines) … • Beowulf is relatively short (3,200 lines) • It was probably composed (first written down) between 700-750 in Old English by a monk in Scandinavia • It is thought a monk composed it due to the Christian elements in the epic

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  8. Epic Characteristics • There are 5 main epic characteristics

  9. Epic Characteristic #1 • The hero is a great leader who is identified strongly with a particular people or society.

  10. Epic Characteristic #2 • The setting is broad and often includes supernatural realms, especially the land of the dead.

  11. Epic Characteristic #3 • The hero does great deeds in battle or undertakes an extraordinary journey or quest.

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  13. Epic Characteristic #4 • Sometimes gods or other supernatural or fantastic beings take part in the action.

  14. Epic Characteristic #5 • The story is told in heightened language

  15. Any ?’s so far?I’m all ears:)

  16. Some other Epic characteristics called… EPIC CONVENTIONS- Shared characteristics of epics that bards/scops drew upon to recall the stories they were recounting and that writers of epics drew upon to establish the epic quality of their poems.

  17. Don’t worry, there are only 4 of them:)

  18. EPIC CONVENTION#1 • There is an INVOCATION or formal plea for aid/help. • This plea is usually to a deity or some other spiritual power.

  19. EPIC CONVENTION#2 • The action begins IN MEDIA RES… • literally meaning “in the middle of things”

  20. EPIC CONVENTION #3 • The epic begins in media res and then flashes back to events that took place before the narrator’s current time setting

  21. Flashes Back…

  22. EPIC CONVENTIONS#4 • Epic Similes- elaborately extended comparisons relating heroic events to simple, everyday events

  23. The Epic Hero

  24. Epic Hero Characteristics • The epic hero is a “LARGER THAN LIFE PERSON” who embodies the highest ideals of his culture

  25. Example:

  26. Real Example: • In Beowulf, the epic hero Beowulf is considered “larger-than-life” • and embodies LOYALTY, VALOR/ COURAGE, SENSE OF JUSTICE, DIGNITY, PERSISTENCE, and many other traits of the Anglo-Saxon culture

  27. Epic Hero Characteristics • The epic hero usually undertakes a QUEST/ JOURNEY to achieve something of great value to themselves or society

  28. Epic Hero Characteristics • Epic heroes “LIVE ON AFTER DEATH”… • meaning they are forever remembered by those who live after them… • achieving a type of IMMORTALITY

  29. Epic Hero Characteristics • Not a “Superman” with magical powers ( ), • but a “REGULAR” human whose aspirations and accomplishments set him/her apart

  30. Epic Hero Characteristics • Overcomes great obstacles/opponents but maintains HUMANITY

  31. Example: Great Obstacle: Ugly Ogre Epic Hero

  32. Epic Hero Characteristics • Epic hero experiences typical HUMAN EMOTIONS/ FEELINGS, yet is able to master and control these human traits to a greater degree than a typical person

  33. Epic Hero Characteristics • It is often necessary for the epic hero to connect/make contact with “LESSER” humans in order to succeed

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  36. Also… • The epic hero is an ARCHETYPAL character.

  37. Archetype • An archetype is a pattern that appears in literature across cultures and is repeated through the ages. • An archetype can be a character, a plot, an image, or a setting. • In Beowulf, the hero archetype is the dragon slayer.

  38. The EndAny ?’s