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Mythology to Film: The importance of the Homeric poems to O Brother Where Art Thou

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This essay is about the importance of mythology and its use in films today. It recites a little about what mythology is and the use of it both then and now. There is a small summary about Homer himself and his writings, The Iliad and The Odyssey and how easy it is for a screen writer or a director today to change these texts to their own liking, and how the lay out of the texts makes it easy to adapt and convert to the film world of today. Then there is a focus on the Greek tragedy and its important part in keeping Homers texts alive and popular, followed by the most important adaptation of The Odyssey, Ulysses by James Joyce and the scandal around its publication. After that comes a chapter about adaptation and how it is an important part of todays films to take a novel or text and change it successfully from a text into a film. Closely followed by a chapter about mythology in movies which brings us to the most important parts in this essay, a small summary about The Iliad in the movie Troy, and the focus point how The Odyssey in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou is used to create a new approach to the old text. And how the similarities and differences between O Brother Where Art Thou and Homers The Odyssey can illustrate how an old text is still usable and important in films today.

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6.1.2010


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