O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU THE ODYSSEY Comparison
O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? / THE ODYSSEY Comparison
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? - Summary Everrett Ulysses Mc. Gill, sick of breaking rocks in the heat of a Mississippi summer, escapes with his two dim accomplices, Delmar and Pete. Trying to reclaim a buried treasure before it’s lost forever underneath a lake, the three make their way to Everett's homestead. Along the way, they meet a conniving one-eyed Bible salesman, a blind prophet, a trio of sexy sirens, and a man who sold his soul to the devil. In their race to reach the treasure before it's flooded, they end up crashing a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob, help a sensitive Baby. Face Nelson rob three banks in two hours, and even have enough time to put out a best selling record as "The Soggy Bottom Boys. "
Everett Ulysses Mc. Gill • Protagonist – compared to Odysseus in the Odyssey • “Ulysses” is the Latin version of the name Odysseus • Denounces religion just as Odysseus does not believe in the power of the gods • The name Odysseus means “man who is in constant pain and sorrow”. • Both men are trying to get
Blind Prophets Rail Road Man Tiresias
Baptists / Lotus-Eaters Baptists Lotus-Eaters Not shown in the Odyssey movie The Lotus Eaters trap the crew on the island without the crew realizing it. Some of the crew eat the lotus (a plant that makes you forget about everything else) All they want to do is eat the lotus plant and stay there.
Blind bard (poet) Radio Station Manager Homer (author of the Odyssey)
Cows! Babyface and cattle The cattle of the Sun God (Helios) Not shown in the movie Odysseus’ men eat the Sun God’s sacred cattle Zeus throws down a lightning bolt and kills all of the crew except for Odysseus
River Girls / Sirens River Girls Sirens Not shown in the movie The song of the sirens bewitched men and drew them in to the island where they would be smashed against the rock and shipwrecked.
Changed into an Animal Pete becomes a toad Circe changes men to swine
Big Dan / Cyclops Big Dan Cyclops
Pappy / Menelaus Pappy (real name is Menelaus) – Governor of Mississippi Menelaus – King of Sparta
Sheriff / Poseidon Sheriff Poseidon
Penny / Penelope Penny (Everett’s wife) Penelope (Odysseus’ wife)
Vernon T. Waldrip / Suitors Vernon T. Waldrip Suitors
Nearly Drowned Everett survives Odysseus survives