Essay on The Anti Hero Through The Myth Of The Frontier

2458 Words Nov 13th, 2016 10 Pages
The Conception of the Anti-Hero Through the Myth of the Frontier
Throughout history the frontier has been portrayed as a violent and turbulent boundary that served as the panicle of the new American opportunity. Soon after the formation of the thirteen colonies, social and political classes began to form and mold society for the American people. Ideology revolving around myths in individual social classes started to develop, in the hope of understanding what the frontier truly was, and conceptualizing the hidden savagery (Native Americans) that lived within. These myths and thought processes as described by Richard Slotkin, a cultural critic and historian, whose Journal titled Gunfighter Nation; the Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-century America, goes into great detail visualizing how the “hero” was formed by these myths. However, in actuality the idea of the “anti-hero”, a person who lacks conventional heroic attributes due to one’s morality shaped by their culture, was misconstrued. This was because the culture and society of the late 19th century constructed them as regular heroes are perceived in the early 2000’s. This is due to the culture to which people lived that completely shaped their moral compass. The act of violence was not considered an issue; therefore, the anti-hero phenomenon could easily take hold. This allowed the cementation of the anti-hero to be at the forefront of the frontier. In a modern context, violence complicates the vision of a hero and the…

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