Odysseus's Life Exposed In O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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In The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus leaves his land and family in order to battle for an ally’s kidnapped wife, the battle of Troy. He spends 10 years trying to return home. In this time away, his wife, Penelope, has her own battle to resist the suitors gathering in her home in an attempt to marry her. Their son, Telemachus, battles a mostly internal war in both missing his father and disliking the suitors who are ruining his home and taking over his life. In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the three main characters Everett McGill, Pete Hogwallop, and Delmar O’Donnell escape from a prison chain gang. Everett convinced his fellow inmates that he has hidden a treasure that must be recovered before his hometown is flooded. Unknowingly to his companions until near the end of the film, he is actually in prison for unlawful practice…show more content…
Penelope and Telemachus both refuse to fully accept the possibility that Odysseus is dead. In contrast, McGill’s wife, Penny, tells their three daughters that he was hit by a train. The girls believe their mother, because they have no reason not to, and Penny gets engaged to another man instead of staying faithful to her husband. Despite these differences, both McGill and Odysseus do their best to get their wives. While McGill avoids violence, by simply punching his wife’s fiancé, Odysseus volunteers to murder all the suitors in his home. These two men have different family values, but the same dedication to their families. In the Odyssey, there is one main character. Even though there are three main characters, Odysseus, Telemachus, and Penelope, the story only follows one at a time, with Odysseus being the main character, but in O Brother, Where Art Thou? there are three main characters. McGill, Hogwallop and O’Donnell. These three are together at almost all times. This story also has one main character, which is
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