O’odysseus Where Art Though; Comparing the Odyssey to O’brother Where Art Thou

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O’odysseus where art though; comparing The Odyssey to O’Brother where art thou Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, O’Brother where art thou is a tale of Ulysses Everett McGill trying to make his way home to get to his ex-wife penny before she marries another man. This sounds very familiar to an ancient myth I know. In the Beginning of this movie there is a line that reads” Based upon Homer’s The Odyssey”. This should read loosely based on the Odyssey in my personal opinion. This may be to the fact that the Coen Brothers have never actually read Homer’s Epic Tale. The idea that you can even make a movie based on something you have never read shows the relevance of Homer’s tale in pop culture today. This film follows the same classic journey motif as The Odyssey and as Sowa (2001) says “the Journey theme has always been a favorite one for story-tellers everywhere, as a metaphor for life and its experiences”. The journey in the Coen’s tale takes Everett on a journey through deep south Mississippi in attempt to stop his wife from marrying another man. Along the way he meets many characters who strongly resemble characters in Homer’s version of the tale. Sowa (2001) says that “…the hero’s encounter with her [the goddess that promises immortality] is one of the incidents that appear almost without fail in every journey story”. I do not see this connection with the hero and the goddess in O’Brother where art thou as in The Odyssey with Odysseus and calypso. The only thing that can resemble this is when Everett meets up with the bank robber, George Nelson. Instead of immortality George Nelson can offer money to Everett but in the end George leaves them while they are sleeping. Sowa (2001) also states that “The hero always meets two helpers. One female, the other male, an aged or immortal seer”. In O’Brother Where are thou Everett has many helpers along the

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