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In the Odyssey by Homer the story revolves around Odysseuss journey home to Ithaca and triumph over the wretched suitors courting his wife while in O Brother Where Art Thou directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Ulysses also journeys home to stop his wife from remarrying while running from the Sheriff Odysseus and Ulysses may have a different types of situations but the objective is still clear in their heartsIn both the movie and the book Ulysses and Odysseus always use classic trickery to get where they need to be In the epic poem Odysseus goes to the dead for advice Tireas a prophet tells Odysseus that he and his crew may still reach home but if he and his crew eat the Helioss cattle his men will die and he will escape a broken man11117-130 After this prophecy was told Odysseus told his men about the cattle which will doom them when eaten in Book 12 but he didnt say that they will survive alongside him Odysseus doesnt tell the men about the rest of the prophecy because they would not have helped him go home In the movie while Ulysses Everett McGill Delmar ODonnell and Pete Hogwallop were chained together Ulysses tells them about treasure hidden in his cabin and if they escape together he will share it it was later revealed that Ulysses lied to them so they would have an incentive to runaway with him Just like Odysseus Ulysses tricks his men into journeying with him to go back home to stop their wife from remarrying this make them the same in tactical methods The only difference is that Odysseus got his men killed while Ulysses just made Pete and Delmar sentences worse for them The Coen brothers did a good job making Odysseus and Ulysses the same in the method of using people to go home Because of their cocky trickery they obtain the most unwanted enemies
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