The Thirties Decade of Despair: O Brother Where Art Thou

“O Brother Where Art Thou”

The Film “O Brother Where Art Thou” Is a comedy film set during the depression era.  It is an accurate interpretation of  the 1930’s in North America as it manages to do so in the various scenes of the movie.  For instance, when the little Hogwallop boy sees the escaped convicts he believes they are from the bank and attempts to shoot them.  Being a time in which money was scarce and debts were large it reflects the mind set of those in that era.  Due to many people losing their jobs and still owing much to the bank; many people would find the bank would come to repossess their property.  This is likely what the Hogwallop boy is thinking.

As well, the movie shows the exploits of the Ku Klux Klan; an organization based on radical right wing political views.  The Ku Klux Klan had its reach stretch out into almost every southern state at the time and were infamous for their violent lynchings, assaults and other violent attacks (Southern Poverty Law Center.  (1998)  Ku Klux Klan.)  This corresponds to the Ku Klux Klan terrorizing much of Southern America in the 1930s as the movie depicted this.

To conclude, I believe that this movie was an accurate portrayal of the 1930s.  While there were times where it seemed magic-realistic (The sirens for example) they were explained to be more practical and still held to the spirit of the 1930s.  It reflected the attitudes of those in the Depression Era very well as it clearly has been well researched.  The attitudes and actions of many of the characters reflect that of those who had been alive in that era.

Movie - o brother, where art thou? Wallpapers and Backgrounds

O Brother Where Art Thou [Photograph; “The Protagonists Escaping”.] At: (Accessed on 11.1.13)


Southern Poverty Law Centre (1998).  Ku Klux Klan.  Retrieved from:

History (1996-2013).  Ku Klux Klan. Retrieved from:


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