Loners In Cowboys

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One of the ways cowboys show their mythical status is by being loners. Shane and Tom both represent this in many ways. When Shane rides into town he is seen alone and the way he walks and acts shows that he isn 't used to being around others. Once Shane introduces himself to Joe and Bob,he doesn 't say his last name. “Call me Shane” is all he says . He does not ever clarify who is he or where he came from. Throughout the book Shane gives off a mysterious vibe and never seems to actually warm up to anyone. Although he cares for Joe and his family,he doesn 't stay long and when he leaves he doesn 't say goodbye. Shane 's past has made it to where he doesn 't ever really get close to anyone or share who he really is , which shows that…show more content…
When it comes to cowboys and myths , violence and gun fire is one of the most known legends. Tom and Shane do this throughout both stories numerous times and so do other surrounding enemies. Tom is a loner and tends to keep to himself but when it comes to gun fire and innocent lives being taken, he does his best to protect since the sheriff doesn 't seem to have the guts to. Throughout the story it 's easy to tell that Tom is a brave and talented when it comes to shooting a gun. In the movie The man who shot Liberty Valance , Tom threatens Liberty with a gun fight if he does not leave the restauran, and he will not hesitate to shoot him. Valance then leaves knowing that Tom is the only man who could ever actually beat him in a dual. This scene shows that Tom is willing to kill someone over a simple dirty look. In the end Tom does end up killing Liberty with no problem showing that he does go that far if needed to and in this case it was needed or Ranse would have died. Like Tom , Shane shows the same characteristics when it comes to guns and violence . At the beginning it doesn 't seem as if Shane is really interested In even holding a gun but after becoming fairly close with Joe and his family,Shane realizes that although he doesn 't want to , he must take action to keep Joe’s family safe. When Shane notices Bob’s interest in gun, he starts becoming intrigued himself too. He picks the gun up and shows Bob exactly what to do.Although he stops midway, the reader…show more content…
The final old myth about cowboys is that they were sacrificial or tended to care about others more than themselves. Although Tom is well reserved he always had a way of doing others for people more than he did for himself. When Ranse shows up to town Tom is seen to have a thing for Hallie even though she might not have one for him. Tom is seen at a farm house he had got for Hallie and him,and it 's clear to see that despite really liking Tom she would have gone with him anyway because she had no one else. Throughout the story Hallie begins to like Ranse and Tom becomes well aware of that. instead of killing or harming Ranse Tom decides that no matter how much he doesn 't want to , he knows it 's best if Hallie is with who she truly likes and wants to be with . Even though Tom doesn 't know Ranse very well he decides to sacrifice his whole well being for the sake of Ranse and Hallie. Towards the the end the readers find out that Tom not Ranse, had in fact killed Liberty Valance. “It 's cold blooded murder and I could live with that,” Tom tells Ranse after revealing he had killed Valance. In the end it 's very easy to see how much Tom loves Hallie , he gives up his whole life just to make her happy even if it 's not with him. Like Tom, Shane had a little bit of a crush on another man 's girl . Marian is Joe’s wife who was intrigued by Shane . Shane knew this because he too liked Marian or at least had some sort of desirable feelings towards her. Being
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