Psychological Western: The Searchers

Psychological Western: The Searchers - Communications 150...

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Communications 150 March 18, 1999 Announcements: None. Lecture Notes: I. Psychological Western: The Searchers The Searchers is about a man who returns to his family after the Civil War. He goes to save their daughter, who has been abducted by Indians. He can't be integrated into civilization, so in the end he leaves to rejoin the wilderness Violence is considered moral The Indians are humanized in the movie. Usually, Indians are portrayed as violent and blood hungry. The Indian only abducted the girl because his family was killed by whites. The director uses mise-en-scene in the final scene to juxtapose values of nature and civilization The movie was made in the 1950's which was a time period where individuals were not considered role models--a conformist community was the state of American identity II. From Fact to Legend: Liberty Valance Flashback Structure The character of Hallie is used to show the tension between the old West and the new West o She's torn between loving Tom and Ransom o When she comes back for Tom's funeral, she places a cactus rose
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2008 for the course COMM 150 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '99 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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