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O Brother Where Art Tho vs. the Odyssey

By emtchase1 Mar 16, 2011 574 Words
The movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” is remarkably similar to Homer’s “Odyssey” in both plot and character description. Many stories and movies have been based on the same plot as The Odyssey, but one movie in particular did a wonderful job in comparing the two stories, “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” “O Brother, Where Art Thou” is about a man who has to break out of jail to stop his wife from marrying another man and includes his voyage home. “The Odyssey” is about the adventures and misfortunes of Odysseus These two movies, with many of the same events occurring in both allows for the works to be compared easily and thoroughly. Although there is some differences.

In the beginning you see both Odysseus and Ulysses journeying to get to their wives. Both Odysseus and Ulysses had similar situations. They both journeying home from places they did not want to be. On their journeys home they both had men with them. Both going home to get to their wives. On the other hand is one difference in this part. Odysseus is coming home from war, and Ulysses escaping from jail.

As you know Odysseus and Ulysses are returning home. They both have a wife and kids at home. Their wives names are some what similar, both starting with Pen. But they do have their differences. Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, waits for Odysseus to return home from war. Penelope doesn’t ever want to believe that Odysseus won’t return home. Together they have a boy, Telemachus. Telemachus has never met his father. Therefore, he doesn’t recognize him when he returns home. Ulysses’s wife, Penny, doesn’t wait for husband to come home. Instead she decides to marry a suitor. Penny had told every body, even their kids, that her husband had gotten hit by a train. Together they have 7 kids. When Ulysses does return home his kids do recognize him.

The Cyclops encounter is boundless between both works. The Cyclops, in the “The Odyssey” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou” has obvious physical appearances that connect the two pieces of work. The Cyclops in each story is a large man, who only has one eye. In each they both encounter the beast while eating a meal. They call Big Man Teague the Cyclops in “O Brother, Where Art Thou” unlike “The Odyssey” which calls it Cyclops. The differences in them is how they are treated by the Cyclops. In “O Brother, Where Art Thou” Ulysses and men are invited to lunch. Big Dan T hits them over the head and steals there money, which knocked them out. In “The Odyssey” Odysseus visits an island on his long voyage; he and his man are captured and put into the Cyclops cave to be eaten. They escape the Cyclops by stabbing the Cyclops in the eye.

After comparing and contrasting “The Odyssey” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou”, the similarities and differences between the two are quite clear. Ulysses not stopping till the end while Odysseus doing the same. When returned home, both man are hero’s in their own ways. Finally home safe and sound. Both coming back a new man. Also starting a new life with their families. Winning people and their families respect and love while still fighting for the one true love in their life’s. That is how any hero would want to be portrayed.

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