Comparing The Odyssey And O Brother Where Art Thou

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The “Odyssey”, one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer, and “O Brother Where Art Thou”, a 2000 a film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. At first thought you would not think the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” and “The Odyssey” have anything in common. It is however, the modern film depiction of the troubles of a man during the depression and is molded by the ancient struggles of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. “The Odyssey” is about a Greek warrior and is placed back in the times of mythology. Whereas, “O Brother Where Art Thou” is a movie telling of three escaped criminals trying to find a treasure (which ends up being false), and the adventures and struggles they faced along the way.
“The Odyssey” depicted Odysseus’ journey back from the Trojan War, which was the story portrayed in The Illiad, to his homeland. It is believed that Homer is not the only author of the epic poems. "The story was memorized and recited by poets and minstrels during a period of several centuries when Greece had no written language." (Russell 151) Around 800 B.C. Homer put the story down in writing. According to Russell the stories are "... about the passions and follies of human beings and for this reason it seems in many ways to be as modern as the current dramas we see on television.”
“O Brother Where Art Thou” is set in Mississippi in the 1930s and tells of three prisoners who escape prison, hoping to return home to their families. While dodging a…
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