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Matt Leslie10/20/16History of American Cinema Exam Essay 2“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is a film which broke the traditional template of the western which was made famous throughout the decades by John Ford and John Wayne;the same two men involved in creating this film. This movie is unique to the genre in that it flipped the cliché tropes of the western upside down. We follow a hero who is savagely beaten, yet wants to have justice done on the books rather than the traditional use of violence as we’reaccustom to in westerns. It’s more of a character study and a compelling story that raises somequestions in our minds about the use of guns that still resonates in today’s modern western society. John Ford performs a masterstroke of genius with his characters and the dynamic among them. Jimmy Stewarts character, Stoddard, is a fish out of water unfamiliar with the ways of the west. Stoddard hides behind the gun of his newest acquaintance Doniphan (John Wayne) who