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COMPARISON BETWEEN REALITIES OF THE WEST WITH MYTHOLOGY OF THE WEST

HOW THE WEST WAS SPUN
The mythology and tales of the American West circles around many folktales like cowboys, Indians, wild animals, outlaws, and stagecoaches. The western American valiant myth is much powerful than its ancient past. There are a number of distorted beliefs which tells the success and triumphs of cowboys: they are fearless heroes, unselfish kind. Many says that the patriotic white American settlers and loyal American soldiers "won" the west with many sacrifices. The true west America from the 19th century wasn’t as enchanting and attractive as portrayed. Though in the West Cowboys, Native American Indians, wild animals, army scouts, and outlaws were into existence. However, miseries like arm fighting, horse-drawn vehicle attacks, and train holdups, did not occurred every day. Today’s dramatic myth of the West is really a “over the top overstatement. Blazing Saddles is basic, impolite and hilariously politically incorrect movie. Blazing Saddles is a foolishly, patched setback of western stereotypes. It shows bits of racism showing a black man as the sheriff of a white border town. There are so many bits in this film which has its own small world of “in” jokes, Yiddishisms, and other ethnic allusions. The movie mocks the West in stereotypes of character and plot which focuses and involves mixture of goofs and gags. The moral was focused more on bad guys winning and the Rock Ridge’s mythical town being seized by the easy union of railroad robber lords and corrupted state officials.

References: http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC03folder/BlazSaddlGolden.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_early_American_film
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazing_Saddles
Blazing Saddles – The movies itself.