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

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In both Homer’s The Odyssey and the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? the audience is given an opportunity to experience a spectacular adventure, filled with not only the sense of journey, but also the senses of peril and excitement. A tale about a Greek hero being compared to a film set in Middle America starring three jail-escapees seems rather far-fetched. However, upon closer inspection, both actually share a lot in common. The Odyssey stars Odysseus, a man famous for his heroics in the Trojan War. O Brother, Where Art Thou? shows a bit of a contrast by starring Ulysses, a former convict who escaped and began looking for “A Treasure”. So by default, one would assume that that these two stories would be completely different. However, it…show more content…
This is quite similar to Odysseus, who is able to weave his way through countless situations due to his incredible sense of psychology and tactics, a lot of which is based off of his good looks and social personality. One noticeable moment from the Odyssey was when he fooled the Cyclops, Polyphemus, into telling the other Cyclops that “nobody” was bothering him. This ploy was the reason that Odysseus managed to escape a horrible fate. Moments like these are what set these two men apart as both keen, and just flat out smart. Intelligence is something that is key to have when dealing with the world, and these characters show true talents by possessing it. But one thing that seems to be quite intriguing is how that intelligence is used. Odysseus first uses it in order to escape fighting the Trojan War, however, in the end; it is his love for his son, Telemachus which forced him to play his part in the battle. Of course, from what we have read in the Odyssey, Odysseus also shows extreme talents on his way back to Ithica, where he fought not only people and monsters, but also the god Poseidon. With all of stress these men have, where can they find compassion? “Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.” Euripides The answer to that question is family. Both men have great senses of family; Ulysses has a wife whom he loves and six daughters that he fights to keep custody of over the
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