The Odyssey Elements of an Epic

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Elements of an Epic Lesson Plans

Elements of an Epic

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Epics are stories told on a grand scale, with armies, heroes, gods, and the brutal forces of nature depicted over long character arcs and sweeping landscapes. In this article, you will learn how to teach students the elements of the epic genre by using fun and easy-to-create storyboards.

Odyssey Lesson Plans

The Odyssey by Homer

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Odyssey by Homer is the story of Odysseus, the crafty king of Ithaca, whose Trojan Horse idea helped win the war with Troy. Following his victory in Troy, he encounters many trials that delay him from reaching his home, Ithaca, and his queen, Penelope. Odysseus' Hero's Journey is a long and arduous adventure filled with peril, temptation, and wits.

Odyssey, The

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What is an epic? The Odyssey has all the Elements of an Epic poem | Teach epic poems with storyboards

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  • "You may have heard of me. I am Odysseus, inventor of the Trojan Horse."
  • Throughout The Odyssey, the narrator uses first person, and 3rd person omniscient. He writes as Odysseus, and as though from a god’s point of view, witnessing and experiencing everything that takes place in the story.
  • Odysseus was well-known throughout the ancient world.
  • Odysseus shows his strength many times. However, it is his defeat of the suitors that proves his superiority to normal men.
  • EPIC SIMILES AND METAPHORS "Her mind in torment, wheeling like some lion at bay, dreading the gangs of hunters closing their cunning ring around him for the finish." EPITHETS "That man skilled in all ways of contending"
  • "The Odyssey" Elements of an Epic
  • Epic Similes, Metaphors, and Epiphets
  • The gods play a major role in this epic. Athena is Odysseus' aid, Poseidon is his villain, and Zeus... well, he doesn't want to get involved.
  • In The Odyssey, much of the action takes place in the Mediterranean Sea, on various islands. However, the hero also travels to the underworld in search of the prophet Tiresias.
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