Transcript Western Genre Notesx
Western Genre Notes Film Studies Characteristics of the Western Genre • The protagonist is a cowboy or a gunslinger who typically moves from place to place. These characters generally wear a cowboy hat, spurs, bandannas, and buckskin. They tend to carry a gun or revolver of some sort and almost always ride a horse. • The conflicts in a western are usually between the cowboy and Native Americans or groups of bandits that are terrorizing small towns. VS. • The vast landscape in a western is often depicted as another character in the story. • Other genres, like science fiction, use the western to create their characters and plot. (i.e. Star Wars) • Most westerns emphasize the values of honor and sacrifice. • The setting of a western can include forts, ranches, homesteads, Indian villages, saloons, general stores, stables, and jailhouses. • The presence of a saloon suggests the setting is in the “wild west.” ThaT’s all folks!