The Odyssey is one of the most impactful pieces of literature in history. It illustrates a ocean trip heroic poem of an ancient Grecian hero who shows doggedness to return place to his household despite many tests. So impactful. O Brother Where Art Thou? was made to set this narrative into modern footings so that society could break understand and learn from it. O Brother Where Art Thou? was nominated for best image and won best histrion at the Golden Globe Awards in 2001 because of how good it described The Odyssey. O Brother Where Art Thou? is an accurate description of The Odyssey because of the connexions on the events of the Cyclops. the Sirens. and the Suitors.
The Cyclops is one of the most of import tests Odysseus and his crew face. The Odyssey illustrates this event where Odysseus lands on an about abandoned island with no hints of dwellers. They scout the land and happen a giant’s cave with flocks of sheep and many miscellaneous cheeses within it. Odysseus and his finest work forces enter and get down to dine on this copiousness. Not long after. Polyphemus. the Cyclops enters with his elephantine nine and sees work forces eating his rations. He engages with a conversation with Odysseus at foremost. Suddenly. Polyphemus grabs two of Odysseus’ work forces and eats them! This event is really similar to what happens in O Brother Where Art Thou? Everett. Pete and Delmar are eating at a all right eating house for tiffin.
A adult male with an oculus spot approaches them. called “Big Dan Teague” and claims to be a bible salesman. offering to take them out to a field day to discourse concern. When Large Dan is finished eating. he stands up. interrupt a subdivision off of a tree and beats them with it every bit good as robs them of their money. This is really similar to the events with Polyphemus. Physically. they are both big existences and usage that to their ability in butchering their oppositions. Second. they both have one oculus. Large Dan Teague wears an oculus spot concealing one of his eyes. while Polyphemus is a Cyclops. Finally. they both use nines as their arms of pick in their slaughters.
In what happens. each character seems harmless and humane at first. Shortly after. they beat their quarries easy and without attempt. In the cave. Polyphemus shows his power and strength: “he lunged out with his manus toward my work forces and snaping two at one time. knaping them on the land he knocked them dead like pups” ( Homer 220 ) . Dan Teague swings one time at Everett and twice at Delmar. steals the money. kills the toad they have similar to Polyphemus killing the work forces. and leaves at one time demoing similar size and strength.
The 2nd event similarity is the quarrel with the Sirens. In The Odyssey. Odysseus has heard of these beautiful mermaids called Sirens that will lure person with their beautiful vocal and kill them when they enter the H2O. Odysseus wants to hear the vocal. so he orders the crew to bind him to the mast so he can non liberate himself while the other crewmates have beeswax in their ears. deaf to the vocal. In O Brother Art Thou? . Everett. Pete. and Delmar hear a vocal coming from the river. They stop the auto and follow it. and come across three beautiful adult females singing and rinsing apparels. They are seduced by them and wake up the following forenoon without Pete. Physically. these characters are really similar. The Sirens are known for their beauty and accomplishments in attractive force and seduction all throughout Greek Mythology and when ships come across these animals. may the Gods help them.
In The Odyssey. Odysseus experiences this vocal when “they sent their ravishing voices out across the air and the bosom inside me throbbed to listen longer” ( Homer 277 ) . Just like The Odyssey. the vocals of the adult females are what truly pull the chief characters to the river. Besides. both groups of adult females were known for their beauty and accomplishments in temptation. In the book. Odysseus is attracted and wants to be with the Sirens. finally taking to his decease. but the crew rows faster and flights. Everett. Delmar. and Pete are besides enticed by the vocal and beauty of the adult females as good and fall asleep all dark on the river bank. but finally get away without Pete in the forenoon. The three adult females in O Brother Where Art Thou? play the same Role as the Sirens do in The Odyssey.
Finally. the most hard test Odysseus had to get the better of was when the Suitors courted his married woman Penelope when he returned place. When Odysseus returned. he found that the other princes in the land called suers had been banqueting in the halls of Odysseus and wooing Penelope his married woman. Feasting from Odysseus flocks and herds was what they were famously known for when Prince Telemachus said. “Look at them over at that place merely lyres and melodies! It’s easy for them. all right. they feed off another’s goods and travel scot-free” ( Homer 82 ) . She is about to pick one of the many suers to get married her when Odysseus returns to his castle. Similarly in O Brother Where Art Thou? . the twenty-four hours that Everett returns to his hometown. he finds his girls with a adult male that they scribe as a “fine suer. ” This adult male is the fiance of his married woman. who has been populating in Everett’s house since he went to prison and became his wife’s new fellow.
Physically. they are both well-groomed and well-nourished from showering from the spoils of both families. The Odyssey describes them as “they trooped in [ the dining hall ] with all their swagger” ( Homer 82 ) . This is due to the apparels that they wear and the many luxuries in profiting one’s visual aspect that come in being a male monarch. In the following scene. the twenty-four hours of the matrimony for Everett’s married woman comes. and he wins her over by playing at the concert as the “Soggy Bottom Boys” with his friends. mortifying his wife’s suer and Homer Stokes. In the terminal. Everett and his married woman are re-married and united with his household. merely like he wanted all along. Similarly in The Odyssey. Odysseus returns to the castle the twenty-four hours Penelope is supposed to take which suer to get married. He and Prince Telemachus trap the suers in the chief hall and butcher them. reconstructing his topographic point on the throne and as the hubby of Penelope. merely like he wanted all along. Each suer was so close to get marrieding the hero’s married woman but fell merely abruptly due to the hero salvaging the twenty-four hours.
The connexions between The Odyssey and O Brother Where Art Thou? unite two different civilizations ; from ancient Greece to modern American civilization. Thankss to the Godheads of O Brother Where Art Thou? . people are now able to see the impactful piece of literature that was passed on by lingua in ancient times. and now displayed on a movie screen. Peoples now understand the Odyssey because of its truth in the chief events of the Cyclops. the Sirens. and the Suitors. and because of this truth we can larn to be better human existences by following the illustrations of Odysseus and Everett. Masterss of trade and doggedness.
Homer. Robert Fagles. and Bernard Knox. The Odyssey. New York: Viking. 1996. Print.
O Brother. Where Art Thou? Dir. Joel Coen. Perf. George Clooney. Standard. 2000. DVD