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  1. 1. &The Odyssey&The Odyssey The Gods Must Be Crazy:The Gods Must Be Crazy:
  2. 2. • Everett Ulysses McGill and his “crew,” Delmar and Pete are sprung from a chain gang and try to reach Everett’s home • Along the way the are confronted by a series of strange characters • O Brother Overview:
  3. 3. • Oh, Brother Where Art Thou – Odyssey’s Influence • The opening credits state the film is based on The Odyssey by Homer. • Director’s Quote: – “It just sort of occurred to us after we’d gotten into it somewhat that it was a story about someone going home, and sort of episodic in nature, and it kind of evolved into that. It’s very loosely and very sort of unseriously based on The Odyssey.”
  4. 4. • The Odyssey’s Influence on the Film: • While the overall plot is only vaguely similar to that of the Odyssey, there are certain "episodes" that closely mirror the film's classical influence. • The beginning of the film repeats Homer’s famous words,, "O Muse! Sing in me, and through me tell the story...",
  5. 5. • Direct Connections – Names & Characters • Ulysses – the Latin form of the Greek name Odysseus – the first name of the film's protagonist, Ulysses Everett McGill – Both Odysseus and Everett share can be conceited – Both have some cleverness and leadership ability
  6. 6. • Penelope – Odysseus’ wife – Penny, a shortened version of Penelope, is the name of Everett’s wife. – Has been waiting for Everett like Penelope has waited for Odysseus – Penny, however, does not share the same dogged loyalty that Penelope showed waiting for Odysseus to return
  7. 7. • The Suitors – The Suitors attempt to steal Odysseus’ wife and kingdom – Vernon symbolizes the suitors waiting to marry Penelope
  8. 8. • Menelaus – The King of Sparta, who fought alongside Odysseus at Troy. – Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel Menelaus – "Pappy" O'Daniel, who pardons the Soggy Bottom Boys at the end of the film
  9. 9. • Homer – Author of the classical text. – Pappy O'Daniel's challenger in the election is Homer Stokes – Since it is an election the effect of naming a candidate Homer is simple: the name “Homer” can be seen throughout on election materials
  10. 10. • The Sirens – Sirens attempt to seduce sailors with their beautiful song – Washing women try to seduce Ulysses and his men – Perhaps the most obvious connection between the film and the epic
  11. 11. • Tiresias • The Cyclops – The blind prophet that guides Odysseus on his journey home to Ithaca – The Blind Seer (railroad hobo) is Tiresias, the blind ghost prophet. – Polyphemus, one-eyed son of Poseidon – Daniel "Big Dan" Teague, with his one good eye, is an allusion to Polyphemus – Like Polyphemus, Big Dan becomes violent in the film
  12. 12. • Cattle of the Sun God • Poseidon • Helios’ cattle, who Odysseus and his crew kill and, as a result, are killed by a thunderbolt • George Nelson shoots at a herd of cattle and is sent to be executed in the electric chair. • The god of the sea; continually puts barriers in front of Odysseus to prevent his return home • The merciless sheriff is analogous to the god Poseidon, who torments Odysseus and prolongs his journey home.
  13. 13. • The Lotus Eaters • Circe – An island where the eaters of the lotus plant have no will, no control – Represented by the congregation walking trancelike to be baptized. – The witch-goddess turns half of Odysseus’ crew into pigs – Everett and Delmar wake up to find Pete missing; Delmar is convinced Pete has been transformed into a frog.
  14. 14. • Disguise • Triumphant Return • Everett has to enter the dinner party in disguise to avoid detection. This parallels when Odysseus had to enter his own palace disguised as a beggar. • While Odysseus strings his bow and shoots its arrow through the axe handles • The Soggy Bottom Boys return a musical sensation

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