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In Medias Res: How Homer Narrates the Odyssey

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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10 pages
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This 6-page handout explains how the literary device "in medias res" works in the Odyssey, and why Homer uses it in his epic.

- How would the story look like if the poet chose a linear plot instead?
- What does Homer accomplish by starting near the end of Odysseus' journey?

Supplement: Famous examples of "in medias res" in other works of fiction (poetry, plays, movies) + Questions / Activities for the classroom
Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
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