Analysis Of The Film ' Little Big Man ' Essay

1023 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Traditionally the western film genre is a place where societal boundaries are pushed. Traditional Westerns are usually the rancher vs the farmer in the typical plot. The rancher, a frontiersman who wants large open lands for his cattle to graze. The farmer, a frontiersman who wants land that is fenced and a more domestic life. Traditional roles for a traditional western. Then the genre of westerns would take a shift. The genre would allow new westerns to challenge not the west, but societal expectations for women and men in their traditional gender roles. This would be called the “revisionist” western. Two films that fit this category of “revisionist” Westerns are Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Little Big Man (1970). In the film, Little Big Man (1970) we see Little Horse, who is portrayed as an affected, homesexual Native American man is allowed to be open about his sexuality in the tribe. This in contrast to the film, Brokeback Mountain (2005) where the audience sees two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, who fall in love and shared a forbidden love, the love that dare not speak its name. All these characters in these film push the boundaries of what is acceptable in traditional society and also have conflicts with other characters because of their sexuality. With this in mind, there are traditional male gender roles in society, but there a new male gender roles that expand the definition of masculinity, so that not only the cisgendered male can find their masculinity…

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