Elements of an Epic

BY ADAM NEWTON

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PLOT CENTERS AROUND HERO

The epic hero that the plot is centered around is Odysseus. He accomplishes things others can only attempt to try. The suitors try and string the bow and fail, while Odysseus completes the challenge.

SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH

Odysseus shows his strength throughout the Odyssey, but the revenge of the suitors shows his true strength.

VAST SETTING

Odysseus went from fighting at the Trojan War, to fighting the big cyclops, to killing all the suitors back in Ithaca.

SUPERNATURAL FORCES

Odysseus is helped by Athena, a Greek goddess to help him return home and defeat the suitors.

SUSTAINED ELEVATION WRITING STYLE

Homer has many long descriptions in his writings, he uses many lines to describe an object, or person.

LEGENDARY HERO

Odysseus was well known throughout the ancient world, but he was most known for the invention of The Trojan Horse .
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The Call to Adventure

Odysseus' Call to Adventure is The Trojan War.

Supernatural aid

Some of the Gods aid Odysseus.

Threshold of Adventure

Odysseus is losing his men.

Helper

Athena helps Odysseus.

Temptations

The Sirens, The Lotus Flowers, The Women.

Challenges

The Cyclops, The Storm, and The Cattle.

Helper

Athena helps Odysseus.

Abyss

Being trapped on the island with Calypso.

Transformation

From himself, to a beggar, to a younger, stronger man.

Atonement

Odysseus kills all the Suitors.

Gift of the Godess

Help from Athena.

Return

Penelope finds out that the beggar is actually Odysseus.

WORK CITED

Fitzgerald, Robert. Prentice Hall Literature. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson, 2014. Web.