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Morality In O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? was phenomenal, and I found myself laughing an abundance of times throughout the movie. After viewing the film and the video essays, I agree that part of the reason why this story is truly successful is because Joel and Ethan Coen play with morality and in some ways, punish the characters repeatedly. Every time that something good occurred for a character, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next bad thing to follow. I feel that their constant play on morality kept the audience 's attention and left them wanting more. It also added a more humorous aspect, as Everett, Pete, and Delmar would grow confident and let their "seven deadly sins" (i.e. Everett struggled with pride) arise once again when they…show more content…
When I saw Everett, Delmar, and Pete together in the opening scene, hiding in the grass with every step, I had the impression that the plot would be amusing since they immediately seemed to resemble The Three Stooges. Every character also appeared as exaggerated and almost unrealistic or too good to be true because they were so funny! For example, at the beginning of the film, they ride on a handcar on the railroad driven by a blind African American man who tells them a prophecy. For me, his prophecy felt so randomly placed to me and I laughed because I thought it was so ridiculous! Little did I know, the rest of the film continued to feel this way, but it was a very effective and well-done in adding a comedy to the film. "Big Dan" resembled the cyclops in Homer 's Odyssey, which I found hilarious because not only did he look strange, but his character seemed so exaggerated that I found that he was meant to be this film 's version of the cyclops straightaway. There were other characters, like George Nelson, Homer Stokes, the midget, and the little boy with the gun, that aided in making this story become a more modernized version of the fictitious occurrences within the Odyssey. New ridiculous characters were continually added and discovered as the story progressed, just like the…show more content…
As the Coen brother 's persistently punished them as the "gods of morality", I discovered that Everett, Pete, and Delmar struggled with some of the seven deadly sins. For Everett, he struggled with pride. The audience remembers Everett 's character because he was the brightest out of the trio, but was always concerned about his appearance and hair, specifically only using his "Dapper Dan" hair pomade. Thus, Everett struggled with the deadly sin of pride. This is evident when Everett prays when they are about to be killed, and water rushes over them, cleansing away his Dapper Dan cans (representing his sin of pride). Pete dealt with lust in the film, as he stopped the car in order to see the three attractive women who were washing clothes in the river. As a result, they are punished by being drugged with the corn whiskey, Delmar is tricked into believing he was turned into a toad, and Pete returns to being in a chain gang. Pete also seems to be the second smartest character in their trio. Lastly, Delmar is the most gullible and foolish of the three. When he sees the frog jump out of Pete 's clothes, he believes he was transformed into a toad and needs a wizard to save his friend. He also sees a group of Christians being baptized in the river, and runs over to be baptized while Everett cringes. Not only was it hysterical seeing Delmar 's reaction as he was dunked under the water, but he says he is saved
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