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Med revolvern som högra hand - en studie av westernhjälten
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay I’m trying to take a closer look at the protagonist in the western- genre. My objective is to point out the characteristics in a hero of this genre and try to decide whether every hero is a man of his own or just a slightly altered version of the others in the genre. The movies that I’ve been taking a closer look at are (in order of production- year): High Noon, The Magnificent Seven, The man who shot Liberty Valance and A fistful of dollars. Movies by some of the greatest names of the genre and with some of the most genre- related actors. They are also made with only 12 years between the first and the last of them and in a historical period where the western- genre got a lot more attention than it get today. My opinion is that the protagonist is created by the tests and obstacles he has to face in the film. So how is the protagonist created in these movies? What is the first we see of him and what does that tell the viewer about the hero? How is he made in to the hero of the film? What obstacles does he face to become the man he is supposed to be and what kind of tests and temptations is he put trough? What I am trying to do in the essay is to characterize the hero as a role- model of masculinity, in every part of life. He is a good heterosexual who can get the girl If he wants to, he is also a good friend and a man of honor. But since he operates in a violent environment he also have to know how to handle a gun, so I take a closer look at how the hero uses his weapon and how his confidence shows in the way he uses it.

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2005. , p. 37
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-49691Local ID: FIV C-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-49691DiVA, id: diva2:1099313
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Film Studies
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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