Odyssey - and his men Similarly the Coen brothers arranged a meeting with Everett and a one-eyed bible salesman who eats all their food attacks

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Patrick Mahoney January 24, 2007 English 1614 The Coen Brothers, screen writers and producers of the 2001 film, O Brother Where Art Thou? , supposedly adapted their story from Homer’s classic epic, The Odyssey . Both admitted to never having read The Odyssey but rather gathering most of their ideas from the movie Ulysses starring Kirk Douglas. The Odyssey , originally an oral account of Odysseus’ travels after the 10 Years War, became, for the Coen brothers, a homely Southern tale of a fugitive, Ulysses Everett McGill, in search for a buried treasure and a way to get back to his wife and children. Odysseus’ ten year adventure to get back home, lands him in a land of Cyclops who pose a threat to him
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Unformatted text preview: and his men. Similarly, the Coen brothers arranged a meeting with Everett and a one-eyed bible salesman who eats all their food, attacks them and steals their money. Later on in the movie, the bible salesman returns in a scene involving the Ku Klux Klan, representing the Cyclops from The Odyssey . The three adventurers disguise themselves in Klansmen’s cloaks in order to free their friend Tommy Johnson from certain death just as Odysseus had his men hide under the sheep’s wool to free his captured men from the Cyclops. This allusion and numerous other parallels between the Coen brothers’ movie and Homer’s epic make O Brother Where Art Thou an instant classic....
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