Freedom In O Brother Where Art Thou Essay

1141 WordsMar 20, 20115 Pages
The movie portrayed a particularly American concept of redemption. At the heart of this concept is the idea that freedom is redemption. In the movie, this central idea is treated in conjunction with varied stereotypes and images of mid-century Southern rural life. This idea that freedom is redemption is elemental in American political and social life. This idea is the originating idea of the country. The belief that freedom is redemption entails the belief that freedom is an absolute, outstanding thing. Freedom has more value than law. Freedom invokes desires that the law cannot. Freedom is the confirmation of individuality, the promise of equality, and existence. The three escaped convicts, Everett, Pete and Delmar have this freedom in the sense that Americans understand and desire it. The comedy of the three men’s situation and changing circumstances does not take away the basic fact that they are free. In the opening of the movie, they have escaped the bonds of the chain gang. By their intelligence and good fortune, they manage to avoid capture by the law authorities. At times, they dodge capture by adopting new identities and taking on disguises. In the end of the film, on the basis of their own talents as singers in the group the Soggy Bottom Boys they gain a further extent of freedom in being forgiven by the governor, Pappy O’Daniel. The series of situations the three get into in the course of the movie are familiar psychological, and spiritual situations and symbols relating to redemption. In the next significant scene, the men encounter a blind man who talks about the fulfillment of prophecy. This blind man riding the rails on a handcar proposes the familiar spiritual idea that only those who are blind to the world can truly see the most important spiritual matters, which includes redemption. He also suggests that the world is blind to their hopes and
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