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The Odyssey, and O Brother, Where Art Thou compare and contrast

Comparing and contrasting the Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou. Hero's journey, Epic hero, Similarities and differences.

Brianna McHugh

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of The Odyssey, and O Brother, Where Art Thou compare and contrast

Compare and contrast
The Odyssey
O Brother, Where Art

The Odyssey- Odysseus meets Teireseus- a former seer and shade from the underworld.
O Brother, Where Art Thou- Everett, Pete, and Delmar meet the blind man on the railroad.
Friends turned into animals
Even more Similarities
Both journey back to their families.
More similarities
An epic hero is a hero in an epic poem.
Both Odysseus and Everett are Epic Heroes.
In both movies the the Hero's:
Face the Sirens
The Odyssey-Sirens singing at sea; Odysseus put's wax in his men's ears, and listens to the Sirens himself.
O Brother, where art thou- Women (Sirens) Singing at the River. Everett, Pete, and Delmar all go to the Sirens.
Meet a blind man
Odysseus- going back to Ithaca after the Trojan war
Everett- Breaking out of jail to see his family and (ex) wife because she is getting remarried.
Meet a Cyclops
The Odyssey- Odysseus and his crew meet Polyphemus, a cyclops living on an island with his brothers.
O Brother, where art thou-Everett and his friends meet Big Dan Teague, an ("cyclops") huge man who can only see out of one eye.
Hero's are men
In The Odyssey the hero is Odysseus.
In O Brother, Where Art Thou the hero is Everett
The Odyssey- Odysseus' crew is turned into animals by the evil witch Circe.
O Brother, Where Art Thou- Pete gets "turned" into a frog.
Face Distractions
The Odyssey- Odysseus stays with Circe for 1 year, and Calypso for 6 years. Scylla and Charbdis destroy his boat and take his men.
O Brother Where Art Thou- The cops are after them, Everett's wife is going to marry another man, the sirens lure them in, the KKK tries to kill Tommy.
Hero's face an additional challenge after returning home.
The Odyssey- Odysseus has to get rid of all the suitors in his palace.
O Brother where art thou- Everett has to go to his house to get his wife's wedding ring.
Have the same story line
The Odyssey- A man taken from his family journeys back to them, facing many distractions, and finally returning home only to face another challenge before finding peace.
O Brother Where Art Thou- A man taken from his family journeys back to them and finds peace after completing a final challenge.
Both think they can do everything without any ones help
The Odyssey- Odysseus thinks he doesn't need the gods' help
O Brother Where Art Thou- Everett doesn't want Pete's or Delmar's help.
The Odyssey is set in Ancient Greece.
O Brother where Art Thou is set in the 1930's.
People die in the Odyssey.
No one dies in O Brother Where Art Thou.
Odysseus has an Army for a crew.
Everett has two people he met in jail and a random guy they picked up on the road.
The Odyssey has gods and goddesses in it.
O Brother Where Art Thou has mortal people.
Odysseus' enemies are gods, goddesses, and suitors.
Everett's enemies are the police.
Every hero goes on a journey.
Our heroes both journey for long periods of time.
The hero's journey is a quest that a hero must overcome to be a hero. (Joseph Campbell myth lecture...another day).
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