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  • The Star Wars Trilogy and the Epic Tradition

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    Wars Trilogy and the Epic Tradition The Star Wars Trilogy seems to embody within the form of cinema many of the classic elements of epic. In tracing the English epic from the Homeric odes to Tom Jones on the large screen and observing the various forms of epic development in response to changing cultural needs, it shows how the Star Wars Trilogy shares the purposes and cultural functions as well as the devices of traditional epic. And by connecting these films to epic, I hope to illuminate

  • Milton's Use of the Homeric Tradition of Epic Simile in "Paradise Lost"

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    Throughout the epic Paradise Lost by John Milton, we see Milton continue the Homeric tradition of epic simile for a number of reasons. Initially Milton may just be using these simile’s to stay true to the decorum of the epic at the time, but the simile’s also do something more for the reader. They show us Milton’s attitude toward Satan, the relationship of heroic to Christian values and more. It is quite interesting that thus far in the epic Milton does not use an epic simile to describe God, which

  • Christianity and Greek Epic Tradition as Devices for Milton's Object in Paradise Lost

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    Christianity and Greek Epic Tradition as Devices for Milton's Object in Paradise Lost The widely known story of the Genesis account in the Bible of the creation and fall of humankind does not make for a very interesting story. Almost anyone familiar with Western tradition can provide at least this basic outline: God makes angels, the best angel wants to be God, the angel gets kicked out of Heaven into Hell, goes to the garden of Eden, persuades Eve to eat an apple, and down plunges humanity

  • PaNa Lor

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    For a long time, enriched with beautiful folk stories and courageous survival stories of my family, and my own childhood dreams, I lacked a favorable way to portray my thoughts. As my stories became more complex and my interest in digital arts intensified and even though, I permeated my works with my stories; I was continually in search of an artistic expression that will tell my stories and allow combining drawings, paintings, and prints digitally. The search fueled a strong desire to learn and

  • Epic of Beowulf Essay - Pagan Tradition in Beowulf

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    Pagan Tradition in Beowulf Beowulf is steeped in a pagan tradition that depicts nature as hostile and forces of death as uncontrollable. Blind fate picks random victims; man is never reconciled with the world. Beowulf ends a failure. There is some truth in this conclusion, but for the most part, someone who didn’t have a well-lived life has most likely portrayed it. Beowulf is steeped in a pagan tradition, but not one that depicts nature as hostile. The setting in the beginning is portrayed as

  • Pre-literacy and Modern Vestiges

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    Pre-literacy and Modern Vestiges For many years, the conventions and existence of epic poetry from the pre-literate age were explained as repositories for information. A well-known story, usually involving a hero that embodied the virtues of the society who told the story, engages in battles, quests, etc. As the epic is spoken to an audience, the hero’s actions and the way they are described impart the audience with information and teachings. The information the listeners received is thought

  • Satan As An Epic Hero In John Milton's Paradise Lost

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    John Milton’s Paradise Lost continues the epic tradition developed by the ancient Greek and Roman poets. Composed in exact imitation of its predecessors, the work depicts all characteristics of a traditional epic poem—including the epic hero, a powerful embodiment of societal values. Milton presents his hero in a most unpredictable form: Satan. Despite the unorthodox oddity, the former archangel exhibits the conventions of an epic hero. Milton’s forced perception of Satan as the hero of the poem

  • Heroism In The Epic Of Gilgamesh

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    Older with over thousand years than the Holy Bible, The Epic of Gilgamesh narrates a series of heroic deeds and sufferings of the same name king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia. It is believed that the protagonist of the epic reigned sometime between 2800 and 2500 B.C.E., as his name was mentioned in lists with Sumerian kings. The Epic of Gilgamesh was discovered along the river of Tigris, when the archaeological excavations revealed the ancient library of Assurbanipal, the Assyrian king, and this

  • Epic of Beowulf

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    the stuff of legend; inspiring countless stories and still sets off light bulbs the world over. For most purposes, “Beowulf” embodies the ideal for epic poetry; thus making it a staple in the scant catalogue of English epics. Historically speaking, Beowulf gives the reader a precious look into the lives of a unique culture. Scandinavian tradition was one of brutality and honor. The revered men fought for their status; earning every nick on a blade. We are flung, as the reader, into the archaic

  • Beowulf Epic Poem Analysis

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    and Epic Poetry: Does it make the cut? Originally an oral poem composed around the eighth century in the Anglo-Saxon culture, but later written in Old English, the story of the heroic Beowulf has been analyzed and debated by people all over the world. Beowulf, the original work as well as Seamus Heaney’s translation, is considered by most scholars to be one of the greatest epic poems to have ever been recorded. Due to the many characteristics and specific guidelines that help to define an epic poem