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Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle. Element #1. The main character is a hero, who is often possessed of supernatural abilities or qualities. Element #2. The hero is charged with a quest. Element #3. The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest. Element #4.

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Elements of the epic hero cycle

Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle


Element 1

Element #1

  • The main character is a hero, who is often possessed of supernatural abilities or qualities.


Element 2

Element #2

  • The hero is charged with a quest.


Element 3

Element #3

  • The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest.


Element 4

Element #4

  • The presence of numerous mythical beings, magical and helpful animals, and human helpers and companions.


Element 5

Element #5

  • The hero’s travels take him to a supernatural world, often one that normal human beings are barred from entering.


Element 6

Element #6

  • The cycle must reach a low point where the hero nearly gives up his quest or appears defeated.


Element 7

Element #7

  • A resurrection


Element 8

Element #8

  • Restitution (Compensation for completion of the quest). Often this takes the form of the hero regaining his rightful place in history.


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