Homer's Odyssey Vs O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is an adventure Movie that came out in 2000 starring actors George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman. Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film 's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer 's epic poem, Odyssey. The famous Coen brothers who produced, edited, and directed the movie decided to base the plot of the movie compared to the story the Odyssey. Although the movies main character, Ulysses Everett McGill and Odyssey’s main character Odysseus share similarities, the movie adapts many of Homer’s plotlines and charaters. Occasionally leaders can become inattentive, surprisingly even the prominent ones, nevertheless it is their responsibility to perceive …show more content…
For example, Everett is more centered on the job at hand when Odysseus becomes diverted. After Odysseus saves his men from the grasp of Circe, the crew stays on the island for a year while Odysseus sleeps with Circe. The men have to force Odysseus to leave and head back home. The men state to Odysseus “Captain this is madness! High time you though of your own home at last, if it really is your fate to make it back alive and reach your well-built house and native land.” (Book 10, Lines 520-523, page 263). Odysseus promised his men that he would guide them home and instead he was caught up and mesmerized by sleeping with a goddess for a year. After Everett and his two men are wooed into the trap by three woman by the river, they wake up discover Pete is missing. Everett wants all of his men to return home safely so he explains to Delmar they have to complete their journey with Pete. Everet displays that he is determined to return home with his crew and is not distracted` even when his own men …show more content…
Can be seen through the main characters of Odysseus and Everett, the film takes on adaptions from Homer’s text. In the movie Everett escapes from jail while Odysseus escapes from Calypso and various other monsters including Polythemus and Charybdis. Everett escapes from the chain gang group with Pete and Delmar thus assembling his crew while Odysseus has his crew who want to return to Ithaca. When the men escape and try to travel by railroad they meet a man with railroad cart. They hitch a ride from him and he is apparently blind. The blind man is a fortuneteller who predicts the future of the main characters. This man relates to Tiresias from the Underworld predicting the future for Odysseus and his crew. When the the chain gang escapees are taking refugee I the barn house Cousin Washington Hogwallop is a “pig” that needed money so he told the cops the whereabouts of the escapees. In they Odyssey, the goddess Circe turns Odysseus crew into pigs. When the Wet Soggy Bottom Boys enter into a radio station to record their music they meet a blind man who is the radio record man. This is a representation of Homer as Homer was apparently blind and recorded the story of Odysseus and his crew. In the movie, Pete hears woman singing down by the river and all the men are wooed by their beautiful singing and become drunk and passed out. This scene represents the Sirens drawing in the men from the sea with

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