O Brother Where Art Thou Summary

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Siegel, J. "The Coens’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Homer’s Odyssey." Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, vol. 7 no. 3, 2007, pp. 213-245. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/mou.0.0029

In this piece, author Janice Siegel explores the numerous similarities and differences between Homer’s Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and their place in the Deep South setting. By comparing the pieces, she reveals the Coen brothers’ successful mission to draw from the Odyssey in their film. This exploration relates specifically to my paper and will aid my writing by providing a sweeping view of the different points of influence and similarity that I can explore, including the textual treatment of the supernatural and the hero’s quest for reunion with his wife. This article will bolster my argument by providing these numerous examples and allowing me to explore and present the thoughts of another writer exploring a very similar topic. Ultimately, in my paper, this source will serve as a jumping-off point for many of my arguments. In doing this, I hope to employ it early and often to give my paper frame, direction, and purpose.

Toscano, Margaret M. "Homer Meets the Coen Brothers: Memory as Artistic Pastiche in O
Brother, Where Art Thou?." Film & History (03603695), vol. 39, no. 2, Fall2009, …show more content…

From the perspective of a Southern writer, this piece provides detailed information on the Southern culture that the film portrays. In addition, it explores the countless influences that the film draws from Southern stories, myths, and traditions. This article will help me explore the Southern aspect of the film and the ways the Coen brothers paint a canvas of this culture. Thoughts and quotes from this article will be integrated into my discussion of Southern culture as I forward these thoughts into discussing the Coen brother’s subtle critique of this same

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