Redemption: O Brother Where Art Thou

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Redemption in “O brother Where art thou”

“O Brother, Where Art Thou” is a film that is based in Mississippi in the 1930s. It’s the story of three friends, Everett, Pete and Delmar, who are escaped convicts and their journey through the south dodging the law. This story is loosely based off of Homer’s “Odyssey.” The men run into many obstacles while in the pursuit of a treasure like in the “Odyssey.” Everett, Pete and Delmar all have their own material reason for seeking the treasure but in the end all of them accidently stumble upon redemption and happiness. This film has many themes one such theme is the idea of freedom through redemption.

The second scene of the movie shows a blind black man riding a rail car. The three men join him. This man represents a prophet because he relates the three men to a prophecy. It also has a deeper spiritual meaning that only those who are blind to the world can truly see spiritual matters, which would include redemption. He also proposes that the world is blind to them because they are traveling through the world anonymously. This means that no one knows who they are because they don’t know who they are. They are anonymous travelers because they must hide their identity from the law; also they’re unaware of their spiritual identity. Thus they cannot be free until they are redeemed.

Another scene of the movie shows a group of people walking through the woods to a river to be baptized. Pete and Delmar rush to join them. They then brag about the fact that they have had their sins washed away and are redeemed and Everett has not. Everett on the other hand, laughs at them and tells them that he does not believe they are redeemed by being baptized. He mocks them and makes light of their feelings of redemption by baptism. Redemption is not on Everett’s mind at all. He thinks the idea is silly.

While traveling the group of men comes across a...
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