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An epic is best described by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero Epics like Beowulf and The Odyssey are perfect examples of this definition they are each centered on the deeds and triumphs of their heroes Beowulf and Odysseus All epics are similar in a way that they are made up of elements One major element of the epic is its themes In all epics the themes are what make and mold these narrative poems they descriptively outline the story Most epics like Beowulf and The Odyssey have themes like battles homecoming identity recognition etc Through themes like these morals values and traditions relating to the main characters customs and culture can be introduced to the reader The setup and purpose of the story through the themes can also be introduced Not only are the themes identity battles recognition and homecoming related to Beowulf and The Odyssey but they are also linked to other epics as well The Odyssey is best described as a guide to the Greeks a guide to literature and a guide to the complexities of society identity and home There were many themes both universal and timeless that thoroughly revealed the main ideas and issues of this legendary epic The first and more stressed theme in The Odyssey is identity In Grecian times the identities of human beings were associated with their properties their name and their heritage or past A Greeks household was the foundation of his or her identity Being that Odysseus was lost in search of his seized home until he found it he was considered a nobody or as he called himself a no-man Like his home Odysseus has to reclaim his great name as well Without a name a man has no meaning or value Not only does Odysseus search for his identity but his son Telemachus
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