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    examples. 4 points each. Epic: An epic is a form of narrative that revolves heavily around the idea of a hero becoming changed by his journey. They include long narratives by important characters, as well as create the idea that the events in the story actually happened or were a part of history. Epic heroes are considered as better than the average person and usually embark on a quest that changes them for the better. For example, the story of Gilgamesh is considered an epic because it is centered

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    The Sunjiata Epic when compared with some of our readings such as Beowulf and Odyssey, the story starts at childhood where he is born in a royal family in unimaginable circumstances. The Epic explains how his mother carried him in her belly for eight long years. At one time the king is visited by a magical jinni that tells him how his soon to be boon son will be. The jinni explains that the son will be a strong, extraordinary, humble, and loved king (Gries, 2016). Sunjata is Epic in that he would

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    The Epic Of Epic Heroes

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    embody the traits of epic heroes represent an integral part of ancient literature. In fact, what would literature be without epic heroes? How different would The Odyssey be if Odysseus never went on his epic journey? Would the epic poem Beowulf still be read today if the character Beowulf never challenged Grendel and Grendel’s mother? In the story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, characters, both men and women, exhibit characteristics that could be considered heroic, but do they represent epic heroes? Applying

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    whisked away following a journey, you have most likely read an epic. An epic by definition 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”. Every epic has a main character that undergoes the same archetypal journey as all other heroes, an epic hero. There are specific qualities one must have to be considered an epic hero. Each epic hero possesses superhuman strength, displays a strong sense

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    Mesopotamian hero, featured in the famous tale of “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, who embarks on a perilous quest for immortality. This idea, “…touches on the most fundamental questions of what it actually means to be human…” (Homer 33), and gives us light into the minds of the people during the era. Gilgamesh’s tale gives us a glimpse at how the people of that day viewed a “hero”, and allows us to reflect upon what we consider a “hero” today. Using the Epic Hero Cycle, I will analyze Gilgamesh’s life and journey

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    Comparison of the Epics In every epic, there are common themes that present themselves throughout the story, such as war. The epics Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and The Mahabharata, share similar characteristics in terms of their strength, values, and journeys. In each of the epics that will be discussed, there is the occurrence of fighting for honor and to have a legacy. The epic heroes follow many of the guidelines that Joseph Campbell has written in his book Hero with a Thousand Faces. Joseph Campbell

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    It was an epic of the Germanic time, a poem of a noble man with high power, who strived to be a victorious hero. Beowulf is one of the oldest poems of the old English language to have survived (Raffel 30). As a story that has withstood this epic and heroic-age, Beowulf shows how, for the Anglo-Saxon cultures of the time, the value these cultures placed on war and what they considered to be a hero. Written around the eighth and tenth centuries, “surviving in a single tattered manuscript, its edges

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    For those whose lives were truly something great, something memorable, their stories are transcripted into writings. Whether these are simple biographies or symbolic fictional works, stories are often based on someone greater than the writer. These “epic heros” are protagonists that fulfill their potential of greatness through using their bravery, strength and

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    stories can build the world (Paden 84). With the help of the epic of Gilgamesh, this myth will help to create a connection between the statement by William Paden, and the character of Gilgamesh. By creating a connection between these two texts, the theory of love, unavoidable fate of death, and the imbalance of power are the reoccurring themes and theories that are the building blocks to the statement by William Paden. By connecting the epic of Gilgamesh to how it can build a world, there is a certain

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    Throughout the poem, Beowulf gives many different examples of an epic heroic character. An epic is a long narrative poem that portrays the heroic acts of legendary figures and mythical gods. In the poem, there is three different battles that Beowulf, a warrior from Geats acts the legend of Hrothgar. The ruler of the Danes, Hrothgar whose new hall, Herot is being ambushed he needs Beowulf’s assistance. Beowulf is the quintessential epic hero because of his high social status, superhuman strength, and

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