The Searchers

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Development and adaptation of the western genre has occurred throughout the twentieth century in relation to the shift in context, this is still relevant. Stereotypes of a western genre and the context are determined by the time in which the film is being produced. The time in which they were produced determine how social construction, gender ideas, values and attitudes, the setting and SWAT codes are demonstrated. I have chosen to present this speech by looking at the film studied in class, and a film of my choice and how the difference in context has changed in the tie of these two films. Changes and developments in the context can be recognized and analyzed when looking at an example from the 20th century and one from the 21st century. Looking the 20st Century film The Searchers, the plot is bout Ethan Edwards, an ex- soldier from the Indian Wars, finds that his family has been massacred and his niece captured by the Indians and vows to bring her back and kill every one of the Indians who did this. He travels for five years in order to find her and when he does realizes she has become one of them. The second film to look is 21st century The Book of Eli, a violent post-apocalyptic society, Eli, has been roaming North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a book, which he guards closely, he survives by hunting small animals and searching destroyed houses and vehicles for goods to trade into villages for water and necessity’s. He reaches a village ruled by Carnegie, a powerful mobster, where Eli’s fighting skill re recognized and he is offered to join the gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. But Eli being the better man declines the offer. The book is seen by the girl, she is then beat until she tells Carnegie what she saw. His gang is then sent into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but Eli makes it clear to the gang that if they want the book, they must take his life first. Both the films where produced in different century have but contain similarities in context. Genres are followed by stereotypes and ways the author represents this through considering the values and attitudes of the audience. In a genre, you will come across the majority of the movies in that genre have similar or the same events, social structure and setting as one another. Movies of other genres can relate symbolically modern day story lines have been extracted from historical movies or events. In the movie The Searchers we are forced to confront discourse supporting the western genre, an example of this would be the opening scene. A woman facing away, is walking through a wooden door and the front porch held up by wooden railings, in the distance we see canyons but no other civilization. The wooden house represents the time period in which this was filmed, the canyons in the distance symbolize isolation, this is not in a city or suburb and that this is far away from any other people. The woman in the scene is wearing a poncho, a typical item of clothing for women in this time, jus by viewing this scene we have already gained vital information about the film. In relation to The Book of Eli, the opening scene is also a very good example of setting and how the director choses carefully to for fill the chosen genre. It opens to a gun on the floor leading to a corpse lying in the dirt; a hairless cat is lurking around the body, we then see a Eli completely covered up, he aims and kills the cat with an arrow, he is then seen walking through soft mountains of sand, almost like a desert, dark and gloomy, then down an isolated road in the middle of nowhere, there is a car on the rod with skeleton in the front. The corpse lying in the middle of a forest on the dirt represents isolation, someone has been left to die there, the cat is feral, and sniffing the body which tells us it must be rotting. Eli kills the cat as survival,...
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