Odyssey and Oh Brother Where Art Thou

Preston Sage
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In the Odyssey, Odysseus leaves his land and family to battle in Troy. He spends a decade later trying to return home, battling various ills and evils so that he may eventually be able to return home. In his long absence, his wife Penelope has the battle of her own to resist the suitors congregating in her home in an attempt to win her hand in marriage. Their son, Telemachus, battles a mostly internal war in both missing his father and despising the suitors who are ruining his home and overtaking his life.
In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the three main characters Everett, Pete, and Delmar escape from a prison chain gang. Everett convinced his ...

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a famous singing trio who receive a pardon for their crimes due to their immense popularity.
Homer's epic The Odyssey and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen's movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? are remarkably similar despite several large differences. The most notable differences between the two media are the setting, the number of primary characters, and the history and story of the main character(s). The similarities are numerous, and include the varying array of adventures, the theme of nostos, and the pursuit of material reward.
In Homer's epic, the story takes place centuries ago, while the Coen's movie takes place very recently, in the 1930's. These differences bring with them different cultures and values. In Odysseus' time, honor was valued above nearly all else. Homer shares a story of men who were highly valued when they died in battle, which was considered a good, respectable death. In the time period Everett, Pete and Delmar lived, honor was not as valued. Rather than being ...

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that slept with the suitors or other workers who aided the suitors above and beyond their basic duties. These two men have different family dynamics, but the same dedication to their wives and children.
In the Odyssey, there is one main character. While there are three central characters, Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope, the story only follows one at a time, with Odysseus ultimately being the main character. In O Brother, Where Art Thou? there are three main characters. Everett, Hogwallop and O'Donnell are together at almost all times. This story also has one main character that it follows, Everett, instead of following the stories of the three most important characters. There is a ...

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