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.
The part I liked most about O Brother, Where Art Thou in relation to the Odyssey is the way George Clooney's character brings out the silver tongue aspect of Odysseus' act. He uses jargon and 'big words' that befuddle and charm anyone he directs his words toward. For example, in one of the first scenes of the movie, Everett tries to befuddle the other escapees into electing him as their leader by throwing difficult words at them. To be honest, I was surprised they understood him enough to understand….
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O Brother Where Art Thou?
O Brother Where Art Thou?, begins with Ulysses, Pete and Delmar escaping from prison that was located in the middle of nowhere. Ulysses told his companions that he has hidden a treasure from back in the day, but they must get it in 4 days or it will be lost forever due to a flood. Soon Everett, Pete, and Delmar meet a blind soothsayer, who tells them, "You seek a great fortune, you three who….
“O Brother Where Art Thou”
This old time musical theatrical movie clip was an insightful blast from the past that made you cherish those days where it was inconceivable to not be a gentlemen, and it was a down right shame to be anything less then an honest women. This old time movie with a new age attitude definitely strikes the funny bone of any modern day movie watcher.
“The opening titles inform us that the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou" is based on Homer's The….
The character of Odysseus from “the Odyssey” and the character of Everett from “O Brother, Where Art Thou” are similar. Both of these men go on great adventures full of many challenges. For instance, Everett and his friends encountered Big Dan, the women at the creek, and many more. Another instance, Odysseus and his men meet the Lotus Eaters, the Cyclops, Aeolia, Aeaea, the Sirens, and other dangerous creatures. Certainly, both characters overcame danger.
There are many similarities between the….
The Coen brothers movie "O brother, where art thou?" is an exciting story, full of adventure and comedy, and if nothing but its comedic and entertainment value were taken into account, it would still be considered a great film. However the movie is not just an entertaining story. More so it is a vastly rich tale, which provides great insight into human nature, with many parallels to life in the modern world. Originally, it would seem that a story based during the great depression, would have no….
The Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou is a parody of The Odyssey written and produced by the Coen brothers. This movie shows a more modern 1930s look at The Odyssey written by the Greek poet Homer. The Odyssey describes the adventurous, but dangerous return of Odysseus and his crew to Ithaca from the Trojan War. O Brother, Where Art Thou describes Ulysses’ escape from jail with his two buddies Pete and Delmar, and their attempt to escape back to freedom without being….
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Vs. Odyssey
The movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” relates to the life of Odysseus, a Greek king. The simplest similarity between Odysseus and Ulysses Everett McGill is that the name Odysseus in Latin is Ulysses. Because they shared the same name many things throughout each stories connect them. Throughout these stories both Odysseus and Everett experience unfortunate events while they are sleeping. In the film Everett was always startled and awoken by the guards because….
“The Odyssey and O’ Brother Where Art Thou Music Role: How the Music Did More Than Just Develop the Film”
The Odyssey and O’ Brother Where Art Thou both shared the same themes and personalities of characters, but what differed was the music. In the movie The Odyssey, the music was very drastic, or it had a very strong effect to it, and the music changed as the people’s feelings did. In O’ Brother Where Art Thou the music had a diverse tune, there were multiple songs with a happy meaning behind….
In conclusion, while O Brother, Where Art Thou may have been based on the Odyssey by Homer it is almost completely Americanized. The film by the Coen brothers used the concept of the Odyssey to tell an American epic about the values that American culture holds above all others. The values shown are a part of the journey the trio makes and sometimes with the company of Tommy. By adhering to the values set by the American culture the trio advances toward their final goal, and are admired by those who….
O' Brother Where Art Thou
O' Brother Where Art Thou (2000), was nominated for two Academy Awards for best cinematography and best screenplay writers/directors/producers Joel and Ethan Coen. The folk-infused adventure comedy film takes place in the 1930's. During a Mississippi summer, Delmar and Pete become Ulysses Everett McGill's accomplices after escaping prison. The film highlights Ulysses goal of getting back to his family. On their adventure, the three fugitives attempt to search for hidden….