`` O ' Brother Where Art Thou?

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Throughout the greater part of history, men were typically viewed as the head of the family. They were the ones who provide for and protect the family. Certain situations lead to the separation of man from his family, which creates a window of opportunity for another man to gain over. In order for man to remain in his head position, he will face a variety of obstacles. Both Everett in O’ Brother Where Art Thou? and Odysseus in The Odyssey faces various obstacles in their journey home in order to protect their paterfamilias and oikos, respectively. In the film, O ' Brother Where Art Thou? by the Coen Brothers, Everett’s primary mission is to protect his paterfamilias. Paterfamilias refers to the male head of a family or household. (Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary) The film takes place in the South during the Great Depression in a society in which men were superior and head of the family. Everett was sent to penal farm and has been there for a certain amount of time. (Coen Brothers) This time of absence has left an opening for a man to acquire an interest in his wife Penny or for Penny to find a new paterfamilias for her family. Everett finds out that Penny is planning to marry again, which is why he escapes penal farm with his two friends, Pete and Delmar who don’t know the real reason behind the escape. Everett states, “I had to bust out, my wife wrote me she getting married, I had to stop it...I couldn’t wait two weeks she getting married tomorrow” and that there
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