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Both The Odyssey and OBrother Where Art Thou have many comparisons between them which would make the movie a modern adaptation of the epic poem To begin with the characters in OBrother Where Art Thou were similar enough to make them adaptations of the characters in The Odyssey Though they both faced obstacles Odysseus and Everett handled them differently Notably returning was a struggle for both they were faced with completely contrast challenges The movie is a modern adaptation of the epic poem because of the abundant similarities between them Each of the characters were uniquely different but also could be compared to each other through their many similarities For example Odysseus and Everett shared the same first name Ulysses similarly Odysseuss roman name is Ulysses and Everetts full name is Ulysses Everett Another connection is that the character Tireisias told Odysseus their future quest just as the old man told Everett theirs Contrary Tireisias was displayed in the underworld yet the old man was shown on the train tracks in the beginning Next The Odyssey portrays Penelope as being the archetype of the faithful wife however OBrother Where Art Thou displays Penny as being unfaithful to Everett Instead she was engaged to another man when Everett came back for her The characters in each were parallel to each other but were still different enough to make their own adaptations Obstacles played a major role in the epic poem and the movie For instance the sirens in both were beautiful but dangerous alternatively The Odysseys sirens were half bird and half woman but in the movie they were all woman Next the cyclopses in each were blind in one eye but the cyclops in The Odyssey was blinded by Odysseus Big Dan was already
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