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Savagery vs. Civilization o Formula for most westerns. Fight between forces of outlaw/savagery and civilization/lawabiding citizens. o Rituals Activity that brings people together in common experience Rite of passage: ritual that, through test or ordeal, demonstrates full membership in society Rite of season: ritual that occurs at specific time of year, can be religious or secular holiday Rite of Unity: a ritual that unites people to common cause o Heroes Person holding exceptional strength, intelligence, courage, etc. The hero is an ideal in society Rebel Hero: person who holds hero like standing with part of the public (because of strength/intelligence/etc.) but otherwise considered outcast, rebel, outlaw Traditional Hero: Hero whom mahority of public finds good standing with them.
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Unformatted text preview: o Formulas Predictable story that mingles convention with invention o Beliefs An opinion or understanding that is commonly held to be true by a group of people. Could be perhaps be a small myth o Myths “Biggie” belief. A powerful social or cultural construct that is understood to be true by many people, even if it is not necessarily true. • Epic Moment • Man-in-the-Middle • The Wild, Wild West TV episode and Epic Moment • Story Papers o steam-powered printing press o improved transportation and postal service o middle class and increased leisure time o professional authors some hired out professional authors o the British bloods or penny dreadfuls Stories that were alright, could buy them for a penny...
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  • Winter '11
  • Anthropology of religion, epic moment, steam-powered printing press, West TV episode

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