Stagecoach: The Similarities Between Dallas And Ringo

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In Stagecoach, the prostitute and outlaw Dallas and Ringo defy society’s definition of what it means to be a “bad guy” versus a “good guy.” Each is a victim of circumstance having lost their families to murderers. Through their actions both together and apart, they prove to be good people. This illustrates that society judges people by their jobs, not by their characters. This shows that the movie makers think civilization is bad. This idea would be popular in 1939 because many people were poor and didn’t want to be defined by their social standing. Dallas, a prostitute, is kicked out of town by the Law and Order League. The League is a group of proper ladies that have a disdain for Dallas’s profession and judge her harshly for it. It is for this reason that typically, Dallas would be seen as a “bad guy.” However, the movie says different. Stagecoach depicts Dallas as a “good guy.” Despite being a prostitute, Dallas is as well-mannered as any proper lady. She maintains a polite and kind attitude towards Lucy Mallory, who instead is cold towards Dallas. Even so, Dallas tends to Lucy after she delivers her baby. She does this without having been asked and with no…show more content…
He proposes to her. Even after learning she’s a prostitute, he treats her with the same respect and fondness. The movie makers show that a person’s profession doesn’t always reveal their character or worth. Ringo is an outlaw. He escaped from jail hoping to confront his brother and father’s murderer. Despite being an escapee seeking vengeance, Stagecoach paints Ringo as a “good guy.” Among the Eastern passengers, he is far more agreeable. He naturally treats Dallas like a lady, even when other people don’t. The movie makers portray him as a noble gunman seeking justice, not revenge. He’s brave compared to cowardly Luke Plummer. Plummer attempted to go to the gunfight against Ringo with a thus making Ringo appear as a “good
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