Elements of an Epic

Olivia Bryan

Legendary Hero

In the Odyssey it is very evident that Odysseus is the hero. Typically the hero is well known in his time. Odysseus is obviously very well known throughout the ancient world.
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Omniscient Narration

During the Odyssey the narration is mostly 3rd person. He writes through a different point of view, experincing different things.
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Superhuman Strength

Odysseus shows his srength several times in the Odyssey. One of the most memorable time is during Penelope's challenge. She has a challenge for all the suitors to shoot Odyssus's bow through ax handles. None of the suitors are able to pull it back. So Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, pulls back to bow with no problem and shoots it.
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Epic Styles of Writing

There are many examples of epic stlyes of writing in the Odyssey. Epic writing includes epic similies, metaphors, and several other things which the Odyssey all has.
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Supernatural Involvment

In the Odyssey, the gods play a big part. For example, Athena helps disguise Oddyseus. Zeus helps him several times.
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Multiple Settings

In the Odyssey, there are obviuously several different setting. For example, the majority of the beginning of it takes place in the Medditeranean sea, while the end of it takes place in Ithca.
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Hero's Journey

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Odysseus's Hero's Journey

Ordinary World

Odysseus's ordinary world is his home in Ithaca with his wife, Penelope, and his newborn son Telemachus.
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Call to Adventure

Odysseus's call to adventure begins when he goes to war. When the Trojans attack the Greeks, Odysseus has to go to war.
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Refusal of the Call

At first Odysseus didn't want to go to war because his son, Telemachus, had just been born. A the fact that his is a new father makes him want to stay.
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Meeting a Mentor

Athena was Odyseus's mentor. She helped him and protected him through the whole Odyssey.
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The Crossing of the Threshold

When Odysseus goes to the Trojan war he crosses the first threshold. He begins to enter a world that is not his own.
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Tests, Allies, and Enemies

Odysseus had many trials. When the gods became angry at Odysseus, they sent a storm to set him off course. He gets trapped in the cyclops's home, and all of his men get killed.
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Approach

Odysseus is almost home.His crew men open a bag of winds from the gods and it sets them of course.
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Ordeal

Odysseus is sent to the underworld is order to find the imformation he neeed to get home. When he gets his information, it is very dangerous and he could die.
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Reward

Odysseus's reward is that the King of Phaeacia gives him the way home.
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Road Back

When Odysseus's gets home he finds that suitors are living in his house.
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Atonement

Odysseus meets his son. They make a plan to kill the suitors. They kill all the suitors.
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Return

Odysseus gets his wife back.
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Works Cited

Homer, A. T. Murray, and George E. Dimock. The Odyssey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1995. Print.