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Climax
the highest point in the epic
Irony
Consider when Penelope asks to speak with the beggar
Epic Hero
How does Odysseus fulfill this role?
Epic Poem
What are the various characteristics of this type of narrative poem?
Epithet
"Laertes' son" is one example
"Raider of lost cities"
Personification
"Rosy-fingered Dawn"
"Dawn mounted her golden throne
External conflict

Internal conflict
There are various examples throughout "the adventures"
Flashback
In the film, Odysseus often has these regarding Penelope
Foreshadowing
Look back through the text to discover places where we learn what is to happen to O's men!
Imagery
The blinding of Polyphemus has great imagery, as does the death of Antinous.
Invocation
Homer asks the Muse of Epic Poetry to help him tell Odysseus' story.
Metaphor
Polyphemus is described as a "shaggy mountain" reared in solitude
Simile
Note the use of epic simile - stringing a bow/harpis
dead suitors/ netful of fish
O wanting P/ swimmer and land
Plot
the sequence of events in telling the story
Theme
Respect for the gods is necessary for survival -- demonstrated through O's survival