Heroes, Journeys, Myths, and Epics. An Introduction. Characteristics of an epic…. A physically impressive hero of national or historical importance A vast setting involving much of the physical world, and sometimes the land of the dead
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Heroes, Journeys, Myths, and Epics
What is a myth?
Myths are stories about supernatural beings. In early times, they were handed down orally from one generation to another.
What is an archetype?
It is an original model after which other similar things are patterned – these are found in every culture all over the world.
Death and Rebirth
Search for someone or an object which,when found, will restore peace or balance to a society
Part of the quest that serves as a test – hero will usually have to perform some super-human deed
Usually an initiation into adulthood or some role the hero must take on
SPIRITUAL journey hero must go through in search of truth – it is a spiritual or psychological awakening
Descent from a higher to a lower state of being – usually involves loss of innocence, banishment, or death
Shows cycle of nature and life
Unusual circumstances of birth
Leaves family or land
Event leads to quest
Has special weapon only he can wield
Gets “supernatural” help
Must pass test
Usually has a journey and an unhealable wound
Experiences atonement with parent(s)
Glorified at the end of the quest
The Hunting Group of Companions
The Friendly Beast
The Evil Figure with the Ultimately Good Heart
The Devil Figure
The Creature of Nightmares
The Earth Mother
The Platonic Ideal
The Amazon Warrior
The Damsel in Distress
The Threshold Guardian
The Star-Crossed Lovers
Light vs. Darkness
Water vs. Desert
Heaven vs. Hell
Fire vs. Ice
Nature vs. Mechanistic World
Good vs. Evil
Father vs. Son
Yes, writers of literature and film choose colors for a reason!
Yes, these can mean something, too!
One: complete unity
Two: symbolizes duality (night/day, sun/moon, etc.)
Three: associated with Holy Trinity, light, unity
Four: associated with the circle, life cycle, seasons, elements, earth, nature
Seven: signifies the union of 3 and 4, which signifies perfect order