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The Epic Hero. What do they all have in common?. Characteristics of the Hero. Has larger than life qualities possibly supernatural A natural leader of men Is appealing/attractive encounters temptations Has ‘good’ on his or her side, sometimes helped by divine beings (gods).

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The epic hero

The Epic Hero


What do they all have in common

What do they all have in common?


Characteristics of the hero

Characteristics of the Hero

  • Has larger than life qualities

    • possibly supernatural

  • A natural leader of men

  • Is appealing/attractive

    • encounters temptations

  • Has ‘good’ on his or her

    side, sometimes helped by divine beings (gods)


Characteristics continued

Characteristics continued…

  • Smarter than everyone else, usually a great problem solver

  • Is generous to supporters but ruthless enemies

  • Often stands alone in battle

  • A skilled fighter


The hero s journey

The Hero’s Journey

  • Faces obstacles and temptations

  • Descends into darkness (usually underworld)

  • Goes on long journeys,

    always on the move,

    travels to find adventure


The journey continued

The Journey continued

  • Defeats monsters, enemies, and defies authority (gods)

  • After achieves goal, returns home where their journey and successes are celebrated


The epic hero

Identify other heroes that exist in our culture. Who are they? WHY are they considered a hero?


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