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In the first shot from John Ford’s epic western “Stagecoach," the director uses setting and characters as narrative elements to convey the themes of the movie. The setting of Monument Valley is crucial to the story and is emphasized in the first image by the use of a wide shot, one that could almost be compared to today's panoramic shot. Indeed, the desert extending its horizon indefinitely suggests by itself the idea of a majestic, immense wilderness, and by consequence, its overpowering dominance over small characters. No matter what they do, the characters on their horses are insignificant, inferior to nature. With this use of a larger than life scale, the director symbolically takes on a broader scope on the America of the time itself. An America with greater opportunities, with an infinite horizon. The setting furthermore conveys the themes of wilderness versus civilization and how these two intertwined themselves during this period of time. It sets the tone for an adventurous western in which our characters will be forced to go trhough obstacles. Also, the wide shot seems to play the role, omniscient narrator, towering above the character's fate.