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Epic Hero Notes The Odyssey. Themes for The Odyssey. Loyalty, devotion and courage in the face of great adversity or challenge 2) The Greek ideal of a strong body and a strong intellect. Themes for The Odyssey. The wandering hero The triumph of good over evil

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Epic hero notes the odyssey

Epic Hero NotesThe Odyssey


Themes for the odyssey

Themes for The Odyssey

  • Loyalty, devotion and courage in the face of great adversity or challenge

  • 2) The Greek ideal of a strong body and a strong intellect


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Themes for The Odyssey

  • The wandering hero

  • The triumph of good over evil

  • 5) Obedience to the laws of the gods


General notes on the epic

General Notes on the epic

  • EPIC—long narrative poem that traces the adventures of a hero (originally recited orally)

  • 7) EPIC HERO—a legendary figure who usually represents the goals and virtues of an entire nation or culture


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General Notes on the epic

8) In an epic, gods and goddesses often interfere in the hero’s affairs, sometimes to help protect and sometimes to hurt or punish


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General Notes on the epic

9) The adventures of the hero take the form of a series of separate events, each a brief story on its own, as the hero moves from one challenge to another.


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General Notes on the epic

10) HOMER—the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey; a wandering minstrel who lives around 800 BC. He was thought to have been blind.


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General Notes on the epic

11) The purpose of an epic was to entertain and to teach lessons about society.


Characteristics of an epic hero

Characteristics of an Epic Hero

  • Wise

  • Clever

  • Successful at winning

  • Athletic

  • Comes from nobility or royal blood


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Characteristics of an Epic Hero

  • Self-sacrificing

  • Immense physical strength

  • Love of danger (to the point where they seek it out)

  • Respect for justice and law (especially of the gods)

  • Adventurous


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Characteristics of an Epic Hero

  • Relationship with the gods (where they help or hinder success)

  • Leaders among the population

  • Love of homeland and family

  • Hubris


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