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Kathryn Counts
Hargis
English 9 Honors A3
2 January 2012
The Odyssey vs. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
There are a plethora of similarities between works of literature and motion pictures, as well as one occasionally being based off the other. The Odyssey is an ancient epic written by the blind prophet, Homer. The story consists of the main character, Odysseus, and his treacherous journey home from the battles at Troy. Similarly, the film O Brother, Where Art Thou is about three men’s prison escape and their voyage home to Ulysses’ wife and family while facing many exertions along the way. O Brother, Where Art Thou is based off The Odyssey because of the similar character s present such as the Lotus Eaters, the Cyclops, and the main characters themselves.

Although they are represented in different ways, the idea of the Lotus Eaters is portrayed in both O Brother and The Odyssey. Both the baptism in the movie and the flowers in the epic caused no physical harm. Whether one ate a Lotus flower or had their head dipped in the river, the outcome was ultimately the same. The characters were not in any way, shape, or form harmed physically by it, only mentally and emotionally. The flowers and baptism caused whoever was affected to forget their mission. In The Odyssey, the flowers caused the men who ate them to have abysmal feelings about going home. The baptism in the movie made Delmar forget the treasure he was supposedly looking for. Clearly, the parallelism between the epic and the film is present in this situation.

Another vibrant similarity between the two works is the Cyclops. Both Cyclops’ contain the same characteristics. In the epic, Polyphemus is exceptionally hefty, has one eye and a prodigious appetite. In the movie, the Cyclops shares the same features: massive in size, blind in one eye and he states while at the picnic that he as well has an excessive appetite. As well as the characters themselves, their preformed actions are comparable in both O...
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