An Analysis Of ' O Brother, Where Art Thou? Essay

1180 Words Jan 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Freed by Fate

Despite staying up all night, the boy didn’t finish his science project and he had accepted that he would just fail the assignment, when suddenly he got a message saying that school had been cancelled due to the weather. Or in the case of a woman lost in a big city; she knows where she needs to be, but doesn’t know how to get there. Somehow a random person she asks for help is going to the same exact place and helps her get there. Similarly, a person is driving on a road and their tire pops, so they go skidding to the side, just missing a fatal crash. In daily life everyone finds themselves in places where fate comes to the rescue. In the classic Greek epic The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, and the modern take on that story, O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Joel and Ethan Coen, the heroes are aided in a similar way. Through the tale of Odysseus’s journey home, and the path of witty Everett, the heroes have comparable moments of salvation experienced by the delivery of miraculous fate.
Throughout the Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the heroes are brought their fate by characters who are portrayed in similar ways. Odysseus journeys up to the place where Circe directed him to summon the ghosts of the underworld. There, he learns from Tiresias, the blind prophet, to “‘keep the beasts unharmed... and [he] may still reach Ithaca’” (Fagles 11.125-126). While Odysseus gains insight on his plans, Tiresias delivers fate to him within a brilliant…

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