Western Film Themes

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Westerns: The Final Chapter
During my research, I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t enjoy westerns very much. In order to understand why I don’t enjoy westerns much, we must first get a basic idea of what a western is. Westerns are more of an older genre as they are not made much in the modern day and age. To understand westerns, knowing the basic themes and elements would be most helpful. The four main themes of a western include: Man vs. Nature, Good vs. Evil, East meets West and Isolation. These themes will give you an indication as to what your plot might be about and are the basic guideline the movie will follow. Other things that might indicate a western film are known as elements. These usually include Indians, cowboy hats,
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Indians were extremely important as this is what a lot of early westerns were based off of. “The conflict between white pioneers and Indians forms one of the basic themes of the western” (Editors of Encyclopedia 2). Landscape is a very important one because it represents freedom and isolation, it shows the setting of the movie but it also does so much more than that. It represents the isolation of the lone cowboy, and the freedom that he is longing for.
Within my genre there was a director who was known as a great. John Ford originally John Martin Feeny was an American man who was born on February 1, 1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. John Ford was married by the young age of 26 to Mary. During their marriage, they were to have two children, a boy and a girl. John Ford would go on to become one of the most respected directors despite the fact that westerns were not taken seriously. “He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered “serious” film” (Anonymous: imdb Mini Bio). John Ford was the director of a western that
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However, it just isn’t my favorite type of genre. If it came down to it, I don’t believe I would pick out a western movie to watch with friends. With that being said I still think that westerns really bring something to the table for those who enjoy it. It gives them a sense of adventure and takes them to a different world far from their own and far from reality. I think that is that is a very big thing to take away from learning about a new genre. For example, I really cannot connect with it, but I don’t know what it is doing for the person that is sitting next to me watching the same documentary. It could be their favorite genre, and could bring out something for them that it does not for me. So I can’t nor would I ever say that western is a terrible genre because I don’t believe that is true. I don’t believe that is true for any other genre, I think that all genres have a place in this world because we are such a diverse group of human beings. I truly believe western is a great genre, and I am saddened to know it is not as accessible to those who find their comfort in that particular

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