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What dominant features of the epic do you see at work in Gilgamesh and The Odyssey?

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Literature - Writeacher, Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 10:13pm
Definitions of "epic":

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Literature - me, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 3:54pm
Oedipus is a typical tragic hero in that he is a high-placed person who in many ways brings about his own downfall. The play itself, with its shockingly violent yet logical climax, provides the catharsis (literally "purging" through pity and terror) which Aristotle defined as the essence of tragedy. Also, order is restored at the end, as is usual in tragedy.

Am I on the right track?

  • lit -

    Yes, you are on the right track. Also, nice choice of wording!

  • lit -

    Yes, you are. Nice writing.

    It's interesting to compare/contrast how tragedies end in both ancient Greek and Renaissance English (Shakespearean) times. Some day that might be an interesting literary research project for you.


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