Theory and examples #A term used to characterize person or thing

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1. Epithet. (Ru-WPS Office

1. EPITHET (theory and examples)

#A term used to characterize person or thing;

#A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person;

#The important thing is that they are all words or phrases that Express a quality or characteristic of a person or thing;

#They are used to highlight or emphasize a specific quality or characteristic for an intended purpose;

#Epithet is the literary term for the application of a word or phrase to someone that describes that person's attributes and qualities;

#Epithet is also known as "by name" and "descriptive title";

#a characterizing word or phrase firmly associated with a person or thing and often used in place of an actual name or title;

#a descriptive phrase expressing a quality or characterizing the person or thing mentioned;

# One of many formulaic words or phrases used in Odyssey to characterize person, a group of people or a thing;


1) Kenning epithet - two word phrase;

2) The fixed epithet- repetitive use for same thing or object;

3) Argumentative epithet;

4) Epithet used as " Swear word" (derogatory);


*It gives option to describe characters more vividly;

*it gives richer meanings to the text;

*it help to describe something broader and hence easier to understand;

*it help for writers to develop suitable images in fewer words;


1. Embattled Odyssey

2. Catherine the Great

3. Richard the Lion Heart

4. Man's best friend (dog)

5. A careless match

6. Wine dark sea

7. The weary road


The plot of “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

During the 1950s, One of the bright story was created by Flannery O'Connor and the genre is included in the horror series and the occasions of the story likewise occurred in that year. This inventive work includes a few saints and every one of them has its own character. Particularly, the main heros and heriones of the work are: Grandmother, Bailey, Misfit and different personages. The story starts with the family's arrangements to take some time off. Everybody needs to go to Florida, yet Grandmother wants to have an occasion in Tennessee. Why she needed to prevent her family from going to Florida since she was making a decent attempt to caution them that there is a popular executioner. Notwithstanding, relatives didn't hear her out and decided to go to Florida. Grandma took the feline with her, yet shrouded it under the vehicle seat. During the excursion, they halted at a grill called Red Sammy's. There was a little discussion among Grandmother and Red, and afterward Red discussions about the fact that it is so elusive a decent man on the planet. As the excursion proceeded, Grandmother needed to stop at one of the estates in Georgia, yet lamentably, she later understood that the ranches were in Tannessee. When he murmured in dissatisfaction, the vehicle seat shook, the feline got free from her seat, and hopped towards Bailey, and he lost control. Accordingly, the vehicle fell into a dump. At the point when the vehicle signal was smothered and begun to be hearable, 3 people gave a look. It was then that Grandmother understood that he was that acclaimed executioner Misfit. She got terrified and made an effort not to submit murder and to get him in the groove again. She attempts to converse with Misfit about not doing it, to discover why he was doing it, however no activity worked. During the discussion with him, Grandmother disclosed to him numerous things about religion to discourage him from this thought. Shockingly, Misfit was a firm devotee to a certain something, and it was that he ought to do all the pleasant he could, regardless of what amount till his passing. His motto was "There is no pleasure but meannes" except for unpleasantness." At the end of this unfortunate story, Grandmother's capacity was insufficient to convince him not to do kill subsequently, she and her children were slaughtered.


In this story One can came across many stylistic devices, but one of the most striking ones is epiphany, irony, allusion, simile, and so on.

Bailey didn’t look up from his reading so she wheeled around then and faced the children’s mother, a young woman in slacks, whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like rabbit’s ears.” – In the piece of the story the author utilizes simile, because he compares Bailey’s wife to a cabbage(face) and rabbit’s ears(head-kerchief).

The next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go. She had her big black valise that looked like the head of a hippopotamus in one corner, …” – Here grandmother’s bag is compared to the head of the hippopotamus through using again simile.

Where’s the plantation?” John Wesley asked.

Gone with the Wind,” said the grandmother. “Ha. Ha.” – In this sentences the author uses allusion with the help of the name of the film “Gone with the wind” in order to mean we have already passed from the
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