Shane the Western Hero
A Western is a major defining genre from the American film industry on the border of civilization and the wilderness. Western is one of the oldest most flexible genre/hero types in the world. If you are looking for characteristics of a western hero Shane is the character to go to..
Shane is bound by legal codes of behavior, ethics, justice, honor and chivalry (or the code by which knights were supposed to live by). He is a passive, mysterious man who says little about himself. No one even knows Shane’s last name. He dresses and moves differently with so much confidence it is noticeable. He is a loyal to the end kind of guy who never betrays anyone. This guy is the most dangerous, safest guy you could ever be around. Not only can he easily take up for himself in any type of fight, but if he gets an emotional type of tie to a person he will always be there for them. Shane doesn’t like to fight and doesn’t even carry a gun. He minds his own business and didn’t fight unless he had no choice. He believes that strength and power doesn’t come from the weapon, but from the person holding it. People feel safe around Shane; he is the personification of stability. Shane is a man of action. It shows how hard he works and his integrity glows. He never complains about anything, even after he gets shot he says nothing. Shane in the novel shows not only shows what it takes to be a hero, but what it takes to be a man. Schafer creates such a perfect hero that there is no visible flaw.
What a classic hero is to me would be something like a cowboy. With the media that’s what anyone would think. When thinking of a classic hero what comes to mind is the good guy in the shootouts, on the horse, in the middle of the desert. What comes to mind is a mysterious guy with a cowboy hat walking into a bar drinking until he passes out and then waking up to go help the town. A classic hero is seen as more of someone who helps the town more than someone who helps...
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