MMW 2 Week 4

MMW 2 Week 4 - Chris Cheng MMW 2 Week 4 Epic poem-Adjective to describe anything big and long and important-Typically involve gods and humans

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Chris Cheng MMW 2 Week 4 Epic poem -Adjective to describe anything big and long and important -Typically involve gods and humans interacting on some equality -Anthropomorphic gods who have favorites -Usually some battle involved, or heroic adventures -Greek epics are oral creations – repetitious nature – poet uses repetition to create story -Gilgamesh – repetitive – leads people to believe that it was passed down orally -Greeks must have derived some of their stories from people who were unknown – Mesopotamians -Took a lot of their stories, maybe even gods, from the Egyptians -Black Africans – stories reached Greeks through Egypt Ditto -Repetition = ditto -One of our best records was done by a school student Achilles -Major hero at Troy, but flawed – easily wounded emotionally -Achilles goes on a killing spree after Patroclus’ death, Achilles still alive in end of iliad -Buddy Story pattern – Great hero’s best friend is killed in battle and great hero kills best friend’s killer -Great hero thinks of own mortality, and heroic enterprise -Gilgamesh has buddy story – parallel -Achilles and Gilgamesh both have divine mother -Gilgamesh = 2/3 divine -The Odyssey – about how Odysseus spent years wandering
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-Gilgamesh wanders in a different way – quest (in uncharted territory) for immortality -Odysseus helped by various people, some women -Both helped by women and stop men, both tempted by women -Odysseus doesn’t turn down the women -Both have monsters to kill -Odysseus = Cyclops – blinded -Humbaba in Gilgamesh – Killed -First 5 or 6 lines are like that of the Odysseus – exactly -Gilgamesh -Lived as an actual person -Sumerian King’s list – list of kings of Sumer – starts before the flood -Flawed protagonist – if character = too perfect becomes not like us -Physically strong – capable and is good to his friends – loves adventures -flaw = p. 52 – Gilgamesh would not leave any son alone with his father, or any girls
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2008 for the course MMW 2 taught by Professor Chang during the Winter '08 term at UCSD.

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MMW 2 Week 4 - Chris Cheng MMW 2 Week 4 Epic poem-Adjective to describe anything big and long and important-Typically involve gods and humans

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