Odysseus and O Brother Where Art Thou

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The film O Brother Where Art Thou is cleverly and intelligently based on the famous Odyssey by the well-known Homer. There are quite a few distinctive differences though. While in the movie, Ulysses didn’t have any affairs, his wife did not wait patiently for him, he had six daughters, and each of his accompanying men stayed with him until the end of the journey. In the poem the setting was vastly unlike; Odysseus wasn’t an escaping criminal during the depression. Other than those and a few others, there were many parallel aspects, situations and relationships that had a resemblance to the Odyssey. In the epic poem Circe turns the men into animals, in the movie one of characters believe that his companion has been turned into a toad. Ulysses’ men are very loyal to him and agree to go through with his rash and spontaneous plans. Ulysses and Odysseus both have their faults and arrogance. Also, the love of a family is very important and is almost the center of both of these stories.

This movie’s setting is placed back into the Great Depression where the main characters are escaping from a penitentiary. Ulysses is running away from the police who are out to catch him. Odysseus made this journey himself and isn’t running from anyone, though the gods cause him an awful amount of trouble.

By the end of the poem, all of Odysseus’ men are dead and gone, while both of Ulysses’ friends make it with him until the very end of their journey. Though there are more men in the actual Odyssey, there is a level of loyalty in both these stories. The men stand behind their leaders, ready to help them with any crazy plan they come up with next. They do question their fearless leader but only once. The men are just as strong as Odysseus and Ulysses even if they aren’t as distinguished as them.

There are corresponding characters and situations with both of these captivating tales. In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe turns sailors into various animals once they drink her honey-sweet wine....
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