Oddysey vs. Oh Brother

Topics: Odyssey, God, Odysseus Pages: 1 (447 words) Published: September 16, 2008
Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? is based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. This modern interpretation of The Odyssey shares the main core idea of a man trying to find his family. The main characters of O Brother, Where Art Thou? are Ulysses Everett McGill (known as Everett), Pete, and Delmar. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is the main character, with his crew somewhat included. In an analysis of the specific passage of the Sirens and Circe in The Odyssey, and the similar scene in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, it reveals many similarities and differences. Film techniques also contribute to how the viewer reacts to seeing the scene, rather than reading it. Circe’s advice to Odysseus to avoid the Sirens was actually sound, Everett, Pete, and Delmar however, were not as fortunate to get a warning. The first difference had to do with the idea of warning. Odysseus and his crew were lucky enough to get a warning from the Circe to avoid the Sirens. This exhibits the belief system at the time The Odyssey was set. The early Greeks had a belief in gods and goddesses, which is supported by all the examples of gods and goddesses in the poem: Athena, Poseidon, Zeus, etc. Everett, Pete, and Delmar did not have anyone to warn them. Gods and goddesses had no relevance in the time that O Brother, Where Art Thou? was set. The only god that was really mentioned in O Brother, Where Art Thou? was the god of Christianity. Still, the Christian god did not play the same role that the gods and goddesses did in early Greece. Relating to this idea of warning, is the fact of whether or not Odysseus and Everett are lured in by the Sirens. Odysseus and his crew received the warning from the Circe and therefore were not lured in by the Sirens. They then did not suffer any direct consequences of the Sirens. Because there is no Circe or other related character in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Everett, Pete, and Delmar are lured in. In this scene, Everett...
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