Epics

A branch of literature that's truly awe inspiring

Definition

An epic is a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

Characteristics

  • Main character (the protagonist) shows superhuman strength, courage, loyalty as well as other admirable traits.
  • The hero encounters strange creatures, people and places during the bulk of the story- the quest.

Then versus Now

  • Historically- epics have been known to be long poems about war heroes.
  • In modern times - epics are feature more underdog characters who also face unlikely odds of success.

What would I do

If I were to write an epic, rather than use the traditional medieval figures, I would use today's modern heroes, those who serve in our armed forces. I feel that it would be a fresh new outlook on a section of literature that most people find outdated. This new perspective would be equal parts respectful and entertaining.

Purpose

We think that epics inspire the people who belongs in the same era it was created and even now. It's more of a monkey see monkey do; if the underdog can do this against all odds, I can do it too.

Examples:

Life of PI

This modern epic was written by Yann Martel and published in 2001. Most of you migh have seen the movie adaptation when it came out in 2012