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Copy of The Odyssey vs. Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
Transcript of Copy of The Odyssey vs. Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
There is plenty of evidence in the Odyssey to support the fact that Odysseus is physically strong. In the eighth book, Alkinoos's son, Laodamas, challenges Odysseus's strength by asking him to compete in the discus toss. Odysseus, insulted, decides to compete. "The spinning disk soared out, light as a bird, beyond all the others" (Homer 8.201).
Odysseus is constantly using his intelligence to outwit other characters. One example of this is his escape from Polythemus, the Kyklopes. Odysseus tricks the bigger, stronger monster into helping them escape from death. Odysseus tells Polythemus that his name is 'Nohbdy,' so when Polythemus yells for help, he says "'Nohbdy, Nohbdy's tricked me, Nohbdy's ruined me!'" (Homer 9.444), and no one comes to Polythemus's aid.
Conflicts Involved In:
Must save wife from marrying another man
Odysseus's wife, Penelope, has almost given up hope that her husband is alive and to return home. Penelope delays her remarriage to her choice of suitors as long as possible, but after twenty years, it seems inevitable. Odysseus must defeat all the suitors trying to steal his wife from him, to sort of win her back. The most threatening of these suitors in Antinoos, whom Odysseus kills first. "Odysseus' arrow hit him usder the chin and punched up to the feathers through his throat" (Homer 22.15).
Aided by power- ful people
Odysseus is constantly being rescued from near death by Athena. When Odysseus is trapped on Kalypso's island, Athena begs Zeus to let him leave. Zeus finally agrees and orders Hermes to deliver the message to Kalypso. He says that Hermes is to "go make it known to the softly-braided nymph that we, whose will is not subject to error, order Odysseus home; let him depart" (Homer 5.33-35).
Similarly to Odysseus, McGill is trying to get home to his wife and daughters before his wife marries Vernon, although he disguises the reason for his journey, claiming that he is in search of the buried treasure. Fortunately, both characters make it back to their wives just in the nick of time.
McGill and his friends are pardoned by the governor because of how much the people love his music. Also, although it was already scheduled to occur that date, the flood that saves the men from near death just happens to occur right after McGill prays to God.
Odysseus is often forced to deal with the poor decisions of his men keeping him from getting home. For example, the men eat Helios's cattle, although they are expressly told not to.
McGill is also often held back by his companions. In the beginning of the story, the fugitives were all chained together. They attempted to jump on a train, but Pete's lack of strength prevents them from getting on.
Superior to companions
McGill, although not always with as decent of motives as Odysseus, is also very clever. In one example, McGill manages to escape from a huge group of the KKK. He cuts a wire to cause a burning cross to fall on and kill the leader. This was pure wit. McGill often uses his intelligence to outsmart his opponents.
McGill often exhibits his physical strenghth throughout the movie. When he and the men find themselves at a KKK rally, McGill provides a distraction whilst the cord to the burning cross is cut by lofting a huge, probably heavy flag into the air directly at his target, Dan Teague.
Tempted by Sirens
Odysseus and his men are warned not to fall to the temptation of the Sirens. The men wax their ears to resist the temptation, and Odysseus asks his men to tie him up. The plan is successful, and the Sirens are a nonproblem.
McGill's companions, on the other hand, fall to the temptation of the Sirens they encounter. Three beautiful women seduce Delmar and Pete, and eventaully turn them into the authorities.
Odysseus is, in many points in the book, very kind. He is very nice to Nausikka, telling her that he will never forget her. His people all love and respect him as a great leader. He fought for his country in the war and was reguarded as a hero.
McGill, however, is not always a good charactered man. He lies to his companions for selfish reasons, was in prison for practicing law without a license, and is the source of shame for his ex-wife.
Must disguise self in order to reunite with wife
Odysseus must disguise himself as an old man in order to prepare for a battle against the suitors, so he can regain control of the kingdom and reunite with his wife.
McGill and his companions have to disguise themselves as members of the band The Soggy Bottom Boys in order to get into the dinner Penny, McGill's wife, is attending.
Odysseus is considered extremely attractive. He is muscular and glowing. Nausikka, a picky princess, is extremely attracted to him, and some goddesses find him attractive as well.
McGill was played by George Clooney, who was voted the sexiest man alive in recent years. His character is a very realistic representation of Clooney's good looks.
Odysseus is considered an epic hero. An epic hero, by definition, has God-like qualities not posessed by typical mortal people. He is more attractive, strong, and intelligent than other mortals.
McGill, although attractive, strong and smart, did not have unrealistic levels of each of these qualities. He was in no way God-like, and never experienced anything supernatural.
Loyal to wife
It is evident from the beginning of the book that Odysseus loves his wife, Penelope, very much. She is the reason he fights through so many perils to get home. Although he sleeps with other women, it is due to a sort of hypnosis he is afflicted with, and could even be considered rape.
Despite how difficult and demanding as his wife, Penny, is, McGill fights for her love. He puts his life and freedom in danger to get back to her and prevent her from marrying another man. He is very loyal to her.
Relationship with child(ren)
Odysseus has never met his son, Telemachus. He is very excited when they first meet, and the men share a tearful embrace. Telemachus searches for his father, hoping to meet and rescue him, filling the hole he has felt throughout most of his life.
McGill has many daughters whom he loves very much. He often referances his daughters throughout his journey. These daughters never try to rescue him or visit him, though, as Telemachus tried to find Odysseus. They were actually under the impression that he was dead.
O Brother, Where Art Thou
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Odysseus vs. Everett McGill