Gun and Shane

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In the book Shane by Jack Schaefer, a strange man enters the lives of a family and changes them forever. The book was written in the mid 1900’s and gives readers an outlook on early American culture as the west was settled. Throughout the book, different confrontations take place as the characters develop more fully as individuals. In Shane, the conflict between Shane and Fletcher influence Bob Starret’s perception on good and evil, as well as what it means to be a man. The story takes place in 1889, through the eyes of a young boy, Bob Starret, as he perceives two different men, Shane and Fletcher. In the beginning of the book, Shane is introduced as the protagonist, who rides into this small farming town as a mysterious man with powerful presence about him. As Shane rides towards the Starret’s farm, Bob is immediately impressed with everything about Shane. Schaefer writes “As he came near, what impressed me first were his clothes.” (Schaefer 2) This quote shows how Shane’s mere presence impresses Bob, as he admires Shane’s looked. Wearing almost all black, Shane gives the distinct impression that he is not someone to be trifled with. With a humbling presence and the features of one that had been “around the block a time or two”, Bob was in simple awe of the man that was riding towards him. Shane introduces himself to the Starrets, asking if they can spare water for his horse. After talking with Bob’s father, Joe, Shane ends up agreeing to spend the night at the Starrets due to bad weather. From this point on, Shane starts to become more and more a part of the Starret’s family. He ends up staying on at the farm as a hired hand and starts a new life working with Joe around the farm.

As Shane starts to get settled into his new life on the Starlets farm, another main character enters the scene. Fletcher is a wealthy rancher that wants to buy out all the surrounding farms and expand his territory. The author portrays him as a powerful, selfish,...
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