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The Odyssey Vs. O' Brother Where Art Thou

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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 Odysseus also both only want to get back to their wives while they still hold slight concern for their companions. Everett in the movie O’ Brother Where Art Thou is made to be like Odysseus because they are both intelligent, narcissistic and have the same goal.
One reason Everett is a modern Odysseus is Everett is also much more clever and intelligent than those around him. Odysseus is always getting his men out of dangerous situations with clever strategies. This shows in Everett when he tells the ...view middle of the document...

Everett thinks greatly of himself and solves problems in the same way as Odysseus. In the story The Odyssey, Odysseus is constantly plagued by the mistakes of his crew who he after they disagree still keeps them doing what he says, most of the time. Everett is also plagued by mutiny because his group often questions his leadership, when they said a vote they decided nobody would be in charge. Though, Everett used his cunning so that they would not notice him taking control. In O’ Brother Where Art Thou Everett disguises himself and his friends as raggedy country folk called the Soggy Bottom boys to avoid detection. This is identical to Odysseus’ choice to disguise himself as a beggar to avoid being attacked when he got home. Odysseus is a complete narcissist because he is constantly saying he can beat anyone and repeatedly states he needs no help from the gods. Everett is also just as full of himself because he mainly cares about his looks and doesn't think there’s a situation he can’t beat. He also makes an identical statement to Odysseus’ when he says getting saved is basically a hoax and he doesn't need God’s help. They both think highly of themselves but find themselves in the same situation where all they want is to be with their wives.
Odysseus and Everett both have never ending love for their wives and wish only to be back home with them. Everett shows his great love by lying to his chain gang group and saying he stole 1.2 million. Odysseus also disguises his desire to be with his wife as concern for his crew and their families. Odysseus chooses to endure extremely harsh travel to get back to his wife instead of staying safe and well cared for with Circe. Everett chooses to do something akin to that of Odysseus, which is to look for his wife instead of going to be safe in another state. In O’ Brother Where Art Thou when Everett’s companion Tommy is captured to be killed by the KKK, Everett chooses to risk his life to save him. Odysseus also chooses to risk his life by going after the witch Circe to get his crew transformed back. The heroes of these stories choose above all else to want to be with their wives and to help their companions.

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