The Odyssey vs. O Brother, Where Art Thou Essay

750 WordsMay 27, 20143 Pages
Have you ever seen the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?? Did it remind you of anything? Maybe something from school? Chances are that you were possibly reminded of The Odyssey, being that the movie’s setting, characters, and plot events are all based on it. Despite bearing some superficial differences, the similarities between The Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? are pronounced. The setting of both The Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? are visibly different, but ultimately prove to be more similar than you might think. Obviously, Odysseus is traveling home across sea in The Odyssey, whereas Everett and the Trio are traveling home across Land in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Also, weather (storms) do not serve as a form of conflict for the Trio in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The climate remains virtually the same throughout the Trios voyage home, where as in The Odyssey there are constantly storms created by the gods to serve as a conflict in Odysseus’s voyage home. But if you examine closely, there are just as many similarities in the two story’s settings. Both the Aegean/Ionian Sea and the Mississippi Valley prove to be very vacant, but quite traitorous as well as intriguing never the less. Also, both of the plots take place during very monumental periods of time in history, being the Roman Empire and the Great Depression. As you can see, despite their differences, the settings of The Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? are actually more similar that you might imagine. The characters in The Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? are visibly different, but ultimately prove to be more similar than you might think. Obviously, there are three protagonists in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, whereas only one in The Odyssey. Also, in O Brother, Where Art Thou? all of the characters that create hardships for the Trio are mortals and therefore have to physically
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