`` O ' Brother Where Art Thou?

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Throughout most cultures and societies men are typically seen as the head of the family. They are 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 take over. In order for man to remain in his head position, he will face and go through a variety of obstacles. Both Everett in O’Brother Where Art Thou? and Odysseus in The Odyssey face many 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 main 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 some time already.(Coen Brothers) This time of absence has left an opening for a man to take interest in his wife Penny or for Penny to find a new paterfamilias for her family. Everett finds out that Penny is going 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 was no treasure.
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