The Road Warrior Vs Odyssey

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The film The Road Warrior is the second film in George Miller’s Mad Max trilogy and follows Max, played by Mel Gibson, as he wanders a post-apocalyptic world in search for oil. He comes across a small encampment where oil is aplenty and plans to steal their oil however, different circumstances change his plans and he later on helps them fight off the raiders that camp outside trying to steal their oil. The film has elements of Greek mythology that make the film unique and helps add to the overall emotional effect viewers get from watching the film. Elements from Greek works such as the Iliad and the Odyssey can be likened to scenes in the film, which is what Thomas Dilworth writes about in his article while Dennis H. Harbour writes about the film’s similarities with T.S Eliot’s…show more content…
The Odyssey, on the other hand, focuses on events after the war where Odysseus struggles to find himself back home, in fact taking many years to do so, while his wife Penelope and son Telemachus struggle to keep intense suitors from marrying Penelope and taking over Ithaca. Both of these poems are epic poems, which deal with heroism and adventure, which is relevant to what Miller’s film The Road Warrior is all about. In his work titled, “The Road Warrior and the Fall of Troy, Thomas Dilworth writes on Miller’s film and the mythic elements that surround it. He writes, “What distinguishes The Road Warrior from such films is the breadth of its mythic resonance, which expands beyond the mythology of individuals to a corporate, near-apocalyptic mythology with specific cultural significance” (147). He then continues on and explores the ways the film takes elements from both the Iliad and the Odyssey with characters in the film having qualities like those in the epic

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