Topics: Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood, The Killing Pages: 5 (2190 words) Published: May 20, 2013
With its small stature, bulbous eyes, and fluffy fur the slow loris is considered one of the cutest animals in the world it is the type of animal one would want to cuddle, but it’s looks are very deceiving. The slow loris is also one of the most poisonous and venomous mammals in the forest. Animals will do whatever they have to to protect their young, keep their territory, and essentially survive and their looks have no impact on their drive to do those things. Similar to in the forest, we sometimes discover that important character traits belie outward appearances and reputations and many examples of this are portrayed in Unforgiven.

Unlike in the case of the slow loris, it is sometimes a loathsome outward appearance that masks sincere character traits; this is the case for Little Bill. He is portrayed as a cruel, sadistic, monster, but throughout the movie we become aware of some of his intentions. He does what he does in an attempt to protect Big Whiskey and so that he can eventually live a mellow life in his brand new house. We first meet him in the after the slashing of Delilah and from the beginning he gives off the impression of being a bad guy. He does not punish the cowboys with a hanging that the prostitutes suggest or even a whipping. He only makes them repay Skinny in horses for “damaging his property,” as they characterize the incident. His actions only become more offensive as the movie carries on. He beats English Bob up in front of a crowd, beats Will almost to death, and finally he kills Ned and displays it to the town. Little Bill captures Ned while he is trying to leave and abandon the job, and he is punished for being one of the assassins. Bill then finds out that Quick Mike was killed since he had Ned in custody, meaning there is no way he could have done it, but this only angers him. He takes his anger out on Ned and kills him. He also hangs up his body in front of the saloon for everyone to see, which is a very sadistic action. While it was a deranged way of showing it, Little Bill punished Ned for breaking the law, which he enforces to protect Big Whiskey. Also, there are scenes scattered throughout the movie in which we discover some of his other motives, such as living in the new house he is working on. He wants to live a peaceful life, with a pipe on his porch. He tells Skinny all about the details of his house as he worked on it with excitement in his voice, but as soon as Skinny brings up what is going on with Will and them, he puts down the hammer and turns away from the house. It was as if he does not want the bliss of his house to get mixed up with his dirty work. He takes his house very seriously and a lot of his actions are meant to get him closer to his mellow life of retirement. Even though his intentions of living a peaceful life of retirement and to protect Big Whiskey are good, they are masked by his hateful, brutal outward appearance and the reputations he creates for himself.

Additionally, in Unforgiven it is shown that a respected, authoritative job to serve and protect a town is not always taken on by a man who respects the law himself. A sheriff’s job is to bring justice, protection, and security to the town’s people, but Little Bill does almost the opposite by bringing fear to those of Big Whiskey, supporting bad people, and punishing those who are innocent. He supports Skinny and his job of selling women and accommodates to many of his requests. He gets Skinny a bunch of horses when Delilah gets cut up instead of arresting the cowboys or punishing them for what they did. He is very rude towards the prostitutes as well; they do not get any help or sympathy from him. The people of Big Whiskey are also afraid of Little Bill, especially when he beats English Bob senseless in front of everyone. The people of the town are shown as disgusted and afraid of a man who should be looked up to. English Bob was only one of the innocent people Little Bill had beaten in this film. He...
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