Perhaps the most significant myth in American culture is that of the American frontier generated by the European encounters with the American West. The most noticeable part of the frontier myth is the mythic struggle between modern civilization and wilderness. Frontier is defined as “the meeting point between savagery and civilization”. Turner believes that the American frontier is closely related to American civilization and that frontier
It also helps that their eyes are on the sides of their head meaning they can look in every direction. All of these senses make it very hard to sneak up on a wild horse. “At the first sight, sound, or smell of anything that might be dangerous, the stallion drives his band into a tight group and sends them galloping off to safety. He stays just at the rear, between his band and the threat.” (Harbury 29) Mating Mating season is in spring. Wild horse mares give off a special scent that attracts the stallions.
In a passage called “Interview: Native Americans” it stated that Indians hunted with bows and skills while the white used an accurate long distance rifle. While Natives tried to preserve the buffalo the Americans killed them for meat for the railroad workers and hunted them for game. Buffalo were hunted nearly to extinction. Before the U.S. arrived in the west there were about 15 - 16 million buffalo roaming. They were hunted down to one thousand in the whole west.
In "Black Hawk's Surrender Speech, 1832," Black Hawk utilizes rhetorical devices to portray what it was like to face white men. He limned what he surpassed in order to protect his people and land. Black Hawk utilizes simile frequently. Suggesting that one of the worst days had been to see his men murdered. "The bullets flew like birds in the air," referring to how the bullets injured his men.
Although this second shot was to give the audience the images to interpret hero’s comeback, but also illustrates the danger of the infinite western dessert that the Indians will also be hunting for white people. The Searchers is review critically by different races since the “white hero” value runs through the entire film. The wild west settings contains numerous uncertainties and hazards. In this shot, the horses searching food from the dust but peacefully gives the viewers the idea of the harsh living environment; whereas, the saviors survive under the Indians dusty
The film Dances With Wolves is a moving, culturally significant American western film produced in 1990 and directed by Kevin Costner, who also plays the lead role of John J. Dunbar. It portrays a fictional account of the relationship between a soldier and a tribe of Sioux indians. In the beginning, Dunbar is an injured soldier who accidentally makes himself a hero while trying to commit suicide by riding his horse in front of the enemy. When given a choice for where he wants to be stationed he requests the frontier, because he wants to see it “before it’s gone.”While stationed alone at Fort Sedgwick in Dakota territory, he befriends the people of a nearby Lakota tribe. Dunbar’s involvement in the tribe and the relationships he forms with the people teach him and the viewer the value of intercultural communication and acceptance.
Like “bunking horses are just horse that love to buck, they come from racetrack, feed lots, ranches, and just about everything equine.” So, how do we “breed” them to buck if they do it because they loved to do it we just take what they love to do and put it to use? PETA wants to say that the spurs cut and injure the horses, but the reality is that all most of them are not sharp. Yes, they wear them but not to hurt the animal. I wear spurs when I do my barrel racing but that does me I have to use
Also, he was seen riding on a horse which stunned the town they had entered. The reason of this seen Tarantino created was to prove the reactions racists had towards the black man acting like a white man. Django played by Jaime Foxx, is later on shown to be the macho hero in a western film. This gave an advantage for Tarantino to create a powerful character for Django. Speck also
In this film John Ford usages the settling of the frontier as his basics myth. He creates a center metaphor of the American spirit and its needs to tame the wild wilderness of the west (252). Stage Coach also accomplishes this by showing the “savageness” of the Apaches who are fighting their own war. Not much is mentioned along of the Apaches or their war, but their presents sets an attitude of wildness and savageness in the west that must be civilized with the help of the American
Cowboys normally stick to their social construction and will not dare to change it. Living by the standards they were taught as young boys, being different automatically sets them apart. American cowboys get their image from films and shows, which influence their cultural traits. Consider the show of the 1950’s “Gun Smoke” for example, it takes place during the American western era, it includes good cowboys generally going after bad guys with their horses, guns, and beautiful women surrounding them. Not only do these good cowboys show their heroic act of kindness, but also giving spotlight on the perspective of typical American cowboy.
The authors do an excellent job showing that while the Texans were outnumbered and everything was going against them they still fought because they feared they would be ruled with a dictator and would not have freedom like they already had. They felt like this because the Santa Anna led Mexican army fought by force, the soldiers were forced to fight. That is the definition of tyranny and the Texans wanted no part of that, William Travis even expressed their mindset in a letter saying, “VICTORY or DEATH.’’ (127). What the reader sees later is that the battle of the Alamo was not just a loss to the Mexican Army, it was really a wakeup call for everyone to realize that Santa Anna was ruthless and should be accounted for. For example Santa recalled to his men of Congress’s December 1835 edict “that the insurgents were all pirates worthy of extermination,” (153).
Sargent York the movie takes a multitude of artistic liberties in the depiction of Alvin York 's life. Not all of them factual though as I have already pointed out. Hollywood didn 't want to shine a negative light on the military. This movie is a pro war movie. I believe that one reason for some of these positive inaccuracies is to glamorize what happened to York, especially since unrest in Europe had began already signifying what would later become World War II.