Odyssey vs. O Brother Where Art Thou

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Homer’s The Odyssey has frequently been recognized for influencing many other novels and films, one of the many being O Brother, Where Art Thou. After personally reading both The Odyssey and watching O Brother, Where Art Thou, I have noticed that characters from each have many similarities as well as differences. For instance, Odysseus from the Odyssey is very similar as well as slightly different from Ulysses Everett McGill from O Brother, Where Art Thou.

In O Brother, Where Art Thou, the main character Ulysses Everett McGill is on a journey trying to get back home to his family. Everett tries to escape Parchman Farm after learning that his wife was in two days ready to remarry a suitor of the name Vernon T. Waldrip. He is able to trick the two other men in his "Chain Gang" into thinking that the gang is actually going after treasure in order to get them to go with him, showing much love and loyalty to his wife and family. The authorities began on a Louisiana wide man hunt for Everett as the gang continued on their eventful trip home.

Similar to Everett McGill, Odysseus from the Odyssey had been wandering the sea for ten years to get home to his family. Although he was making his way home, his absence allowed suitors to pursue his wife with proposals while staying in his home and enjoying his finer things; eating his food and drinking his expensive wines. Odysseus laid siege of the suitors on his land. In this comparison, the situations that both Everett and Odysseus found themselves in are extremely similar to one another. They both had to make a long journey in order to re-unite back home with their families and claim their original lives.

Another obvious similarity is their names. The name Ulysses is actually the Latin form of the Greek name Odysseus. Even though the two characters are clearly from two different eras, their names show strong connection. Both characters are seen as adventurous men trying to re-unite with their...
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