BeowulfEpicEpic Hero2.ppt - Epic Epic Hero Notes Mr Raber English 12 Honors Epic Definition An epic is a long narrative poem that relates the great

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Epic / Epic Hero Notes Mr. Raber English 12 Honors
Epic Definition An epic is a long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than- life hero who embodies the values of a particular society. -Sometimes called a heroic poem - Beowulf, the Iliad , and the Odyssey are all epics
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Epics often… Concern eternal human problems such as the conflict between GOOD and EVIL Written or told on a grand scale and often in ceremonial style
2 Types of Epics 1. Folk Epic - oral compositions passed on from storyteller to storyteller and has changed over time. Ex. - Beowulf, the Iliad , and the Odyssey 2. Literary Epic - written compositions that are unchanged over time. Ex. - Aeneid and Paradise Lost
Beowulf In comparison to the standard of Homeric epics (15,000 lines) Beowulf is relatively short (3,200 lines) It was probably composed (first written down) between 700-750 in Old English by a monk in Scandinavia It is thought a monk composed it due to the Christian elements in the epic
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Epic Characteristics There are 5 main epic characteristics
Epic Characteristic #1 The hero is a great leader who is identified strongly with a particular people or society.
Epic Characteristic #2 The setting is broad and often includes supernatural realms , especially the land of the dead.
Epic Characteristic #3 The hero does great deeds in battle or undertakes an extraordinary journey or quest.
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