The Good The Bad And The Ugly Essay

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A Misconception of the Civil War The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a film based in the west during the time of the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy. Blondie (The Good) and Tuco (The Bad) are shown as a duo that kills, lies, and cheats to get to their goal, which is to find a hidden treasure of gold. Throughout the movie a man named Angel Eye’s (The Ugly) represents the Union and puts Tuco and Blondie on a few set backs that makes their journey for the treasure take longer. Many of the obstacles that they come upon deal with the ongoing war between the north and the south over the New Mexico Territory, specifically the modern day area of New Mexico, Arizona, and a small portion of Nevada. The movie portrays the New Mexico Territory …show more content…
The main characters, throughout the entire movie, are shooting off their guns and killing whoever gets in their way of finding the hidden treasure. One scene proves that the director is connecting their behavior to the Confederate territories when Tuco yells, “Hurrah! Hurrah for the Confederacy! Hurrah! Down with General Grant!” Also, at the beginning of the film there is a scene where Tuco is waiting to be hung for a crime that he had done. This is happening as a man in the background speaks of the Union putting the hanging to force, which demonstrates how the film portrays the Union as trying to save the Confederate territories from their own Confederate inhabitants. Carl Wheat provides evidence of how the Union was just as lawless, if not more lawless than the Confederacy in “The Jayhawkers at the Missouri: A Remarkable Discovery.” Wheat explains that, “The meaning of the Jayhawker term evolved in the opening year of the Civil War […] to raise a regiment of cavalry to serve in the Union army […] jayhawkers were bands of men that were willing to fight, kill, and rob” (Wheat 104). Wheat proves that the Union also participated in being unlawful and lawless by their …show more content…
Throughout the film, the characters seem to only eat low priced meals such as soup and stew. Except when Angel Eye’s sits a meal in front of Tuco that includes steak. It shows Tuco eating the meal given to him as if he hasn’t ate in days or as if that’s the best meal he had ever had. This is an example of how the director of the film demonstrates that only the Confederate territories were poor and money hungry. Also, the entire story involves Tuco and his friend Blondie searching for a hidden treasure of gold, which also makes them look extremely money hungry. Shelby Foote states that the Union was indeed very much poor in her book The Civil War when she states, “Volunteers viewed the Civil War as a great way to save the Union. These Union soldiers knew that losses would occur, but not under the circumstances that were none heroic […] and time was still left for poor shelter, unhealthy food, and a lack of hygiene, that would result in waves of sickness and disease” (Foote 576). When she states the Union in her words she provides the knowledge that sicknesses and diseases were killing the Union due to their lack of money to correctly provide for them. Meaning that the Union was too poor to provide their soldiers with proper shelter which conducted them to sleep in tents every

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