O Brother Where Art Thou, And The Odyssey Prompt: Creatures Encountered In The Film And The Text How Are They Similar/ Different?

1519 words - 6 pages

When the film O Bother Where Art Thou first started, I was unable to make any correlation between that and The Odyssey, but as it progressed I soon was able to follow the plot and match creatures to their ancient Greek counterparts. As Odysseus encountered many monsters, mystical creatures, and gods, Ulysses (the main Odysseus like character in O Bother Where Art Thou) had many of his own encounters with Odyssey like creatures. While O Bother Where Art Thou is based on The Odyssey they still have there similarities and differences in the way the various creatures are portrayed. Because of the way the different creatures are portrayed, it also gives them different symbolic relevance to the viewers.There are many similarities between the creatures of The Odyssey and that of O Bother Where Art Thou, the main creatures that have a counter part in The Odyssey are the sheriff (Poseidon) The "traveling bible sales man" con artist (Cyclops) the 3 women by the river (the sirens), the KKK (Laestrygonians), and the Baptists (the lotus eaters).There are many similarities between the creatures of The Odyssey and that of O Brother Where Art Thou. First as in The Odyssey when it was Poseidon who blew Odysseus off course, and gave him the tasks that he had to deal with to get home, the sheriff was the character who was making it difficult for Ulysses and his "crew" to get home. Poseidon and the sheriff were also introduced in a similar manner. Poseidon was introduced when he found out that Odysseus was allowed to leave Calypsos Island and from then tried to drown him. In a similar way the sheriff was introduced to the story after he got wind of the escape of Ulysses from the chain gang, and from then tried to burn him, drown him, and hang him. Next there is the con artist who posed as a bible sales man to rob Ulysses; the con artist is compared to the Cyclops from The Odyssey. At first it does not seem that a con artist and a Cyclops would have too much in common, but he coincidently had only one eye, and if that was not enough he also used a club to attack Ulysses just as the Cyclops had a club he used in The Odyssey. On a deeper level the con artist and the Cyclops serve the same purpose to both stories, which is to prevent Ulysses/ Odysseus from getting home to his wife. Then there are the 3 women who were washing their cloths in the river. These obviously were the writer's interpretation of the sirens from The Odyssey. And as in The Odyssey they attempted to prevent Ulysses from getting home, and also tempted him with lust, just as the sirens did. There is also the part in the movie where Ulysses and his companions came upon a KKK ceremony and lynching. The KKK represented the Laestrygonians from The Odyssey. This is because in both The Odyssey and O Bother Where Art Thou the Laestrygonians and the KKK were unexpected, and violent. Unexpected because in The Odyssey Odysseus did not expect to run into human eating giants, and for Ulysses he did not expect to...

Find Another Essay On O brother where art thou, and the Odyssey Prompt: Creatures encountered in the film and the text- how are they similar/ different?

The Heroic Qualities of Odysseus (The Odyssey) and Everett (O Brother, Where Art Thou)

824 words - 3 pages Odysseus and Ullysseus Everett McGill are similar characters because of their perseverance, cleverness, and their leadership abilities. In The Odyssey, Odysseus portrays an important trait to the story, perseverance. His perseverance really stands out as something that he has and always will have. On his long journey home, he never gives up and just stays where he is, no matter how tempting. He always manages to push through and keep getting

Character Parallels Between O Brother Where Art Thou and the Odyssey

778 words - 4 pages Homer’s Odyssey is the iconic story of a man’s episodic journey home. The film, O Brother Where Art Thou, is a justifiable homage to the Odyssey because of the many parallels between some of the major characters depicted in the movie and the epic poem. The movie is set in the 1930s in the state of Mississippi, changing the characters in social demeanor, but retaining their motivation and major plot points. In the film, Odysseus’s wife, Penelope

Odyssey And O Brother, Where Art Thou Compared

871 words - 3 pages The movie ?O Brother, Where Art Thou?? is strikingly similar to Homer?s ?Odyssey? in both plot and character description. In fact, one critic notes, ?O Brother Where Art Thou?? is a Homeric journey through Mississippi during the Depression.?(Ebert p 1) Thus, we find the modern film depiction of the troubles of a man during the depression is molded by the ancient struggles of Odysseus in Homer?s Odyssey. Specifically, three parallels surface in

Homer’s Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

1289 words - 5 pages where they came from and to find true happiness. And as said before, both “The Odyssey” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” can be thought of as stories of a man coming home, with all of the characters playing their parts to create a true epic. The small details are not what make these two tales similar. Instead, the creators used broad, yet powerful concepts about friendship, hardship, and love. And in the end, this pays off very well, giving the audience a great opening into a true world where human emotion and nature rule all.

The Odyssey in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

897 words - 4 pages lotus-eaters. Once the men eat the flower they become passive and don't want to leave the island. In O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU the scene where Delmer and Pete are baptized is comparable to this. Delmer and Pete have no worry and are happy that they are sin free, even though the police are still looking to arrest them for escaping jail. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is warned not to touch the cattle of Helios, some of his men do and their boat is

The Cohen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou

2270 words - 10 pages O Brother, Where Art Thou, a film written and directed by the Coen brothers, is a modern day interpretation of Homer’s ancient epic the Odyssey. The opening credits of the movie quote the invocation of the Muse from the first lines of the epic: “Oh Muse sing in me, and through me tell the story of the man skilled in all the ways of contending, A wanderer, harried for years on end”. The film follows Ulysses Everett McGill (portrayed by George

Elements of Homer's Odyssey in the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou

652 words - 3 pages The Coen Brothers’ “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”, loosely based on Homer’s classic adventure The Odyssey, is a film amusingly filled with themes of symbolism similar to those found in Homer’s epic, while still maintaining a sense of originality and style that they have become so renowned for. An exciting and entertaining blend of high adventure, humour, and heartfelt emotion, at first glance, the film barely resembles Homer’s poem: only certain

Rhetorical Paper O brother where art thou

781 words - 3 pages Aguilar 1Jonathan AguilarProfessor CannonCritical Thinking and Writing 113October 13, 2014 Comparison PaperO brother, where art thou? which is a story based off the classic epic The Odyssey, revolving around three men who escaped from prison and are now looking for a treasure, but along the way they come across many different obstacles such as missing a train, a deceitful preacher, police, and even the KKK. Pilgrim's Progress, which is a story

Numerology in The Odyssey How numbers are used throughout The Odyssey by Homer and how they all symbolize different events or characters in the book

2410 words - 10 pages Numerology in The Odyssey"Everything is named or numbered, but few people are conscious of the degree to which names and numbers influence their experience, progress, and communication," declared Juno Jordan, the "grandmother" of numerology (qtd. in Lagerquist and Lenard 4). Numerology, the language of numbers and moreover the study of how they relate to our lives, speaks about the hidden worlds contained within the simplest numbers. Numerology

A compare/contrast analysis of the speaker of My Last Duchess and the speaker of Porphyria’s Lover; how they are similar and how they are different

1257 words - 6 pages Great works of poetry don’t always make sense at first. They can be over a highly random subject, such as the singing of a bird or the way a woman composes herself, yet they are still great. Some of the most infamous poetry known to today’s modern literary world come out of 19th century England, the Victorian Era. These poets were some of the first to experiment with different themes and rhythms of poetry. “The easy conversational flow of the

O Brother, Where Art Thou? - From Greek Classic to American Original

3221 words - 13 pages O Brother, Where Art Thou? - From Greek Classic to American Original In the winter of 2001, American audiences initially paid little attention to Joel and Ethan Coen's Depression era, jail-break, musical "buddy" comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? The film's reputation lingered, however, and over the next seven months O Brother eventually grossed a significant $45.5 million (imdb.com). Loosely adapted from Homer’s The Odyssey, the film

Similar Essays

Comparing "The Odyssey" And "O Brother Where Art Thou"

736 words - 3 pages Where Art Thou", Everett and his "crew" are unable to escape the sirens temptations. Pete was unfortunately captured and sent back to prison.Another similarity between The Odyssey and "O Brother Where Art Thou" are the Cyclops. In The Odyssey, Odysseus and his crew lands on the Island of the Cyclopes and discovers a large cave. They enter into the cave and feast on food they find within. This cave is the home of Polyphemus, an evil Cyclops, who soon

The Film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

1046 words - 4 pages The Film "O brother, where art thou?" The film O brother, where art thou? is set in the Great Depression of the 1930’s and emphasizes the struggle between the upper and lower classes by using a variety of cinematic devices. Through the use of these cinematic devices and comedic relief the realities of the Depression are viewed without creating a stark, melancholy, documentary-styled film. Examples in this film of these cinematic

The Odyssey Vs The Movie "O Brother Where Art Thou"

757 words - 3 pages The Odyssey, is a legendary tale written by David Adams Leeming. This epic tells the story of a wise man named Odysseus who struggled to return back to his homeland, Ithaca, after the fall of Troy. In comparison to the text, the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou," has a similar plot and is based on The Odyssey. In the movie, Ulysses Everett McGill is the main character played by George Clooney. Everett and Odysseus both encounter different

The Odyssey Vs. O' Brother Where Art Thou

704 words - 3 pages Odysseus is the genius tactician whom Everett is modeled after. In the movie O’ Brother Where Art Thou, Everett is extremely similar to Odysseus. Everett is comparably much smarter than those around him, like Odysseus, and believes in his own power. He is also surrounded by people who want to betray him or hurt him, and uses similar methods of not being caught. Also, they both fully believe they are better than and don't need others. Everett and