The Odyssey - itsmillertime

The Odyssey
an epic is a long narrative poem that
recounts the deeds of gods or heroes
the main character or protagonist is larger than life,
often the source and subject of legend or a national
the deeds of the hero are presented without
favoritism, revealing his failings as well as his virtues
the action, often in battle, reveals the more-thanhuman strength of the heroes as they engage in acts
of heroism and courage
the setting covers several nations, the whole world,
or even the universe
the gods and lesser divinities play an active role in
the outcome of actions
all of the various adventures form an organic whole,
where each event relates in some way to the central
Invocation to the muse or other deity ("Sing,
goddess, of the wrath of Achilles")
 Story begins in medias res (in the middle of
 Catalogs (of participants on each side, ships,
 Histories and descriptions of significant items
(who made a sword or shield, how it was
decorated, who owned it from generation to
 Frequent use of epithets ("Aeneas the true";
"rosy-fingered Dawn"; "tall-masted ship")
 Long, formal speeches by important characters
 Journey to the underworld
 Previous episodes in the story are later
Homer, Iliad
 Homer, Odyssey
 Virgil, Aeneid
 Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered
 Milton, Paradise Lost
Epic hero
Many, but not all epic heroes have these
 The Hero’s father is a king
 The Hero is reputed to be the son of a
 The Hero then becomes the king
 The Epic Hero is larger than life and
embodies the values of particular society
Epic Hero
An epic hero is superhuman. His braver,
stronger, smarter and cleverer than an
ordinary man
 The epic hero is on a quest for something
of great value to him or to his people
 The villain who try to keep the hero from
his quest are usually uglier, more evil, and
more cunning than anyone we know in
ordinary life
Epic Hero
The divine world interferes with the
human world
 The epic hero often experiences a
symbolic death or has to travel to the
Homeric Simile
an extended comparison that mounts in
excitement and usually ends in a climax.
The Homeric simile is also known as the
epic simile