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Stone Logan HY 104 Dr. Ratliff September 5, 2019 Module 2 Assignment The “real West” and the “mythical West” are often shown in stark contrast through popular paintings, books, films, and art. For instance, the western movies that were produced in the 20 th century express these contrasts. In the movie, McClintok! , starring John Wayne, the West is portrayed in a humorous light. This mood is played out in most of John Wayne’s other western films as he is usually the cowboy with a punchline. In the Unfinished Nation text book “The Romance of the West” describes the “real West” cowboy as a courageous hero (p. 387). The textbook also states that cowboys were popular in the West as a way to break out of the civilized regions and into more of a carefree lifestyle. This description of a cowboy is what you imagine when young boys want to dress up and act like a brave cowboy who will save the day. The Virginian by Owen Wister was one of the first fictional western books published. In

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