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The Odyssey + O Brother, Where Art Tho

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Pookah Edwarts

on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of The Odyssey + O Brother, Where Art Tho

By: Cheyenne Edwards Comparison between "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "The Odyssey" In "The Odyssey", the Mundane World was Odysseus' involvement in the war for 10 years. Path of Trials: Both heroes went on a rather dangerous journey in which the had to use their wits, but with both heroes, arrogance was reoccurring among them. They both came in contact with their antagonist and met different people during this stage. Differences In "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Mundane world is when Everett was being imprisoned on a farmland. Differences In "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Call To Adventure was Everett received the letter from his wife. In "The Odyssey", Odysseus' Call To Adventure was when he tried to return home after the Trojan War. Similarities Both heroes came faced with violence and fighting through out their journeys. Both goals involved being reunited with the hero's wife/children. Both heroes went through the steps of a "Hero's Journey". Similarities Each hero met a variety of characters that belonged to different archetypes At one point in both stories, the hero was separated from their allies. At the end, both heroes were reunited with their families. Both had to be cunning, shrewd, and brave during their journey. Differences Odyssey: Gods
Set in ancient Greece
Journey took years to complete O Brother: Humans
Set in the South during the 30's Crossing The Threshold: Everett escaping from prison. Crossing The Threshold: Poseidon cursing
Odysseus. Journey was completed within a shorter time frame. Both were unfaithful to their wives Hero's Journey A "Hero's Journey" is a series of five steps in which one must complete in order to become a hero. These steps are:
The Mundane World- the hero begins in a place that they have no desire to be in.
The Call To Adventure- someone/something tells the hero that there is something else out there.
Crossing The Threshold- the hero crosses into the new world, leaving the old one behind.
Path of Trials- the hero goes on adventure, meets new people, and overcomes challenges.
Master of Two Worlds- having succeeded in the new world, the hero tries to teach others about what they learned . Master of Two Worlds- Shooting the arrow and becoming the king of Ithica once again Both learned a lesson at the end of their journey. Both were curious and had excessive pride Epic poem- long narrative poem about the deeds of gods and heroes Epic hero- a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events Definitions Archetypes- reoccurring patterns of human behavior, standardized by types of characters.
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