Introduction to the Ancient World: Greece
One more time: what to do about the gods?
Does this work: Isabella Rossellini as Athena (The Odyssey, 1997) -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-7_8y-McLo (from 10:32 - 13:00)
Generally: the next Odyssey movie: plot structure and suggested cast
a. Dante and his world; Inferno (c. 1308-1321): Odysseus punished
for excessive quest for knowledge
b. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892): "Ulysses"
no rest at Ithaca; on to new shores and more adventures;
cf. the prophecy of Tiresias (Book 11.90ff.; Fitzgerald pp. 188-9)
c. Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933): "Ithaca"
life as an odyssey; journey is better than destination
1. Should the movie be titled "O Odysseus (a.k.a. Ulysses), Where Art Thou?" For
where is he? How much of an Odysseus is Ulysses Everett?
And how much of an odyssey is an Odyssey? Roger Ebert, others on that subject.
Overall, would you say that yes, O Brother can be considered a bonafide :) modern offspring of the Odyssey?
Would you recast or add some scenes to make the connection with the Odyssey tighter?
2. Which brings us to the main issue: imitation and allusion to the Odyssey
works in different ways here. It might be good to differentiate between
different levels of association. Make a short list then, of the following:
(a) scenes that follow those in the Odyssey closely and obviously,
incl. those that turn an episode from the Odyssey on its head (mid-section in ART 1.102)
(b) scenes and items/persons that do so more evocatively and elastically (right section)
(c) more remote echoes (left section).