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  • Epic.Elements of epic literature

  • Elements of Epic-nessEpic HeroEpic SocietyEpic PlotEpic SettingArchetypesEpic Language Epic Themes

  • Epic heroPossess super human strength, craftiness, and confidenceEither helped or harmed by the godsThey have ideals/ values that the culture admiresManages to stay alive in dangerous situations

  • Epic Hero ContAfter his death, the epic hero achieves a glorified status not possible while he lived.His passing represents the end of an era, or the end of his civilization.

  • Epic SocietyLike Beowulf, the epic heros society is organized as a warrior caste system, with the upper class members trained in the art of physical combat.An air of tragic seriousness dominates an epic as the society comes under attack, often by supernatural beings, such as gods, or monsters.

  • Epic PlotMust involve a LONG journey with complications:Strange creatureDivine intervention (gods helping or hurting)Large-scale eventsTreacherous weather

  • All for Goodness and GloryBeowulf embodies the values of his society, such as courage, strength and the unwavering commitment to glory. In the epic, the hero will make a quest for glory, even if it results in his own death.By risking his life, the epic hero elevates his own nature, and his death ennobles his followers

  • Epic SettingThey must go to strange, fantastic or exotic landsUsually involve upper and lower worlds. (ie heaven/hell)

  • ArchetypesArchetypes are characters, situations, and images that are present in many times and cultures:Sea monster/ DragonWicked temptressBuried treasureEpic hero

  • Language of the EpicKennings: a metaphorical phrase or compound word used to name a person, place, thing or ideaWhale Road = the oceanShepherd of Evil = GrendelGods Candle = The Sun

  • Language contKennings fulfill three thingsAnglo/Saxon poetry depends on Alliteration but neither had a large vocabulary, so they combine words to make alliterations. Easier to memorize, since all stories were oral. People liked and valued elaboration, so the complex kennings satisfied this desireAlliteration: repetition of a consonant sound at the beginning of the word. Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore.

  • Epic themesReflects universal themes:CourageFate of a nationA homecomingBeautyLoyaltyLife and death

  • Can youThink of any epic stories or heroes?As we read The Odyssey (an epic poem) look for elements that make it epic!