O Brother Where Art Thou Essay

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The Coen brothers movie "O brother, where art thou?" is an exciting story, full of adventure and comedy, and if nothing but its comedic and entertainment value were taken into account, it would still be considered a great film. However the movie is not just an entertaining story. More so it is a vastly rich tale, which provides great insight into human nature, with many parallels to life in the modern world. Originally, it would seem that a story based during the great depression, would have no relevance to life in this technological age of the 21st century. The reality is that the central issues that face us, remain constant throughout the ages. Through the use of multiple themes and characterisation, particularly those of Everett …show more content…
He loves and is caring and loyal: at one point jumping in amongst a gathering of KKK extremists in order to rescue Tommy Johnson. He is perseverant and strives for excellence. Each of Everett's character traits are qualities we all strive for. In stark contrast we see the simple-minded Delmar, the ill-tempered Pete and the greedy Big Dan Teage. Also there are the deceptive Sirens, and the power hungry Pappy O'Daniel. In encountering each of these personalities we learn how to deal with, and overcome different situations, growing in understanding with each new step.

There are many "ob-stac-les" that Everett and his companions encounter on their journey. The Blind Seer warns them of this when he says, " …you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril… ". The obstacles range from being in chains and trying to escape, to attempting to find a ring at the bottom of a newly created lake. Also there is the continuous obstacle of sheriff Cooley, inferred to be the devil, and his pursuit of the trio, this coming to a pinnacle towards the end of the film when he finally catches up with Everett and endeavours to hang him. Another obstacle faced is the lure of the Sirens, singing songs, seducing men and then turning on them, leading them to destruction. Everett describes such women as " the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised." Everett overcomes each of these obstacles. His story directly relates to the trials and tribulations we