The Odyssey and O Brother Where Art Thou? Compare and Contrast

The Odyssey and O Brother Where Art Thou?
Compare and Contrast

“O, Muse, sing in me”
There are many similarities between the epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey and the film by the Coen brothers, “O,Brother Where Art Thou?”. The share similarities in character, incidents, epic qualities and themes. On the other hand the poem and the film are quite different in their settings and time periods. While the film is humorous it does have important things to say, whereas, the poem is a dramatic story of an epic hero journeying home after many years of war.

The hero of the Odyssey is Odysseus, King of Ithaka , who journeyed to fight in the Trojan War and became a hero for coming up with the idea for the Trojan Horse. The hero of “O Brother Where Art Thou?” is Everett “Ulysses” McGill an escaped convict. They share several similarities they share similar personalities along with a run in to similar circumstances. The way they get out of these circumstances is also strikingly comparable. For example both, Everett and Odysseus have the same main goal, to get back to their families.

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