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The Odyssey-O Brother Where Art Thou Comparison
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What do both the text and the movie begin with?
An invocation to the Muse.
What are the two places that are escaped from?
Calypso's Island and a penal farm
What is the Latin name for Odysseus?
Why is it significant that the main character in the movie has two prison buddies?
When Odysseus left Troy, he had two additional ships with him.
Why does the railroad handcar man in the movie represent Tiresias in the text?
Both were old blind prophets
In what way was the prophecy of the handcar man similar to the prophesy of Tiresias?
Both predicted that the main character would have a "long road" or "many years" to get home.
Why is it significant that in the movie the characters pray to God to be spared death?
One of the traits of epic literature is divine intervention
Why is it significant that Cousin Hogwallop sold out the men?
In the Odyssey, the men are sold out by Eurylochus and turned into pigs
What is the significance of the baptism scene in the movie?
The "Land of the Dead" features ghostly figures dressed in white appearing out of nowhere
What is the scene in the movie that is a reference to the Lotus Eaters?
The baptism scene makes two of the characters temporarily abandon their journey.
Who does baby face Nelson represent?
Hermes - the god of thieves
How is the death of George Nelson significant?
When Babyface Nelson is being marched to his death, one of the crowd yells "cow killer" which is a reference to the death of Helios' cattle.
What two characters from the text is referenced by the women washing and singing in the river?
The Sirens and Circe
How is the fate of Pete (after meeting the washing women at the river) different than what happens to the men in the text?
Pete is supposedly changed into a toad. In the text the men are changed into pigs
What does Big Dan Teague have in common with the Cyclops?
Both are big, both have one eye, and both kill a "man"
How is Big Dan Teague like a shepherd?
He sells Bibles which features Jesus, the ultimate "shepherd". He also is a con man who "fleeces" people.
Who is the "suitor" in the movie?
Vernon T. Waldrup
How has the main character in both the text and the movie both supposedly died
One was supposedly killed either in the war or on his way home, and the other is supposedly hit by a train.
What animal from the text is the KKK from the movie compared to?
The KKK are portrayed as sheep. They are white, moving in a herd, and making sheeplike noises.
Why is it significant that the main characters in the movie hide under the robes of the KKK?
The KKK disguise is a reference to the men in the Odyssey hiding under the sheep.
What is the significance of the where the confederate flag almost hit Big Dan?
The Cyclopes was blinded by a spear in his eye.
What is the significance of the hillbilly disguise used at the end of the movie?
When Odysseus returns to his wife, he was disguised as an old beggar.
Who is out to get the main characters in both the text and the movie?
Poseidon and the lawman
Why is it important that Pete says he was "trussed up like a hog" after being rescued?
The men in the Odyssey are rescued after being turned into pigs.
In the movie, how is the governor's middle name significant?
Menelaus was the king whose bride Helen was stolen, thus beginning the Trojan war.
In the movie, what are the two references to the author of The Odyssey?
The man working at the radio station and Homer Stokes, the governor's political opponent.
Why is it significant that in the movie, the men are scene camping among old ruined stone pillars?
Ancient Greece architecture in well know for the use of marble pillars.
Why does the movie include words such as "bona fide" and "pater familias"
The movie includes Latin phrases to reinforce the fact that the main characters name is the Latin name for Odysseus.
Why is it significant that the main character in the movie rails against women and calls his wife a "succubus"?
Women, in ancient Greek Literature were often described as being unfaithful, deceitful, and dangerous, and were often portrayed as monsters.
In the movie, what is the significance of the name of the wife of the main character?
Her name is "Penny" which is a direct reference to Penelope in the text.
The law man in the movie is a reference to what Greek god? How do we know?
Hades, the god of the underworld, is often portrayed as having flames for eyes.
Why is there so much music in the movie?
Epic poems were originally sung.
Why is it significant when the main character in the movie says, "So, you're all against me. Everyone in the world and God almighty"
In The Odyssey, the main character goes through a time where everyone, both gods and men, seem against him.
Why is there so much reference to religion in the movie?
Gods, religious rites, and divine intervention play major roles in the literature of the ancient Greeks.
How is the title of the "hit song" in the movie important to understanding "The Odyssey"?
Odysseus was the original "man of constant sorrow".
How does the movie change Telemachus?
In the movie, the main character has six daughter (this might also be a reference to the six headed monster Scylla).
What does the Governor race in the movie represent from the text?
The Trojan War. Menelaus gets to keep Helen, just like the governor gets to keep his office.
Why does the main character in the movie spend so much time on his appearance and use such big words?
To show his basic arrogance.
When Baby-Face Nelson is being walked to his death, how does he reference a Greek god?
Baby Face Nelson talks about how, when he is electrified, there will be lightning shooting out his fingertips, referencing Zeus.
How is the flood scene at the end of the movie significant?
After his ships are destroyed, Odysseus almost drowns and survives by clinging to a piece of the wreckage.
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