To find parallel quotes between The Odyssey (TO) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (OBWAT), look to the following parallel scenes between the epic and the film:
TO: Blind Tiresias, the prophet, advises Odysseus on how to reach home (Ithaca) in Book 11 of TO.
OBWAT: A blind railroad constructor prophesizes the main characters' future in the film's opening.
TO: Odysseus and crew stab Polyphemus (the Cyclops) in the eye with a flaming wooden spear.
OBWAT: One-eyed Big Dan Teague dies by a flaming wooden cross.
Homecoming via Disguise
TO: Athene disguises Odysseus as a beggar, so as not to alert the suitors to his homecoming as he sees his wife, Penelope.
OBWAT: The main characters wear bearded disguises at the political rally, so Everett can speak with his wife, Penny.
TO: Odysseus's crew eat the lotus flowers, forgetting their mission and duties due...
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