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Film: Eastwood's Canon Of Westerns

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This film adds several elements to Eastwood’s canon of Westerns including mythmaking and inclusion of minorities. However, in my opinion, the liberation for the viewer comes about from the film’s ability for an individual to have contradictory discourses on varied subjects which add a layer of ambiguity to the film. Although I focused on particular contradictions in archetypes, there were several more such as the film's use of Marxist rhetoric to critique the perversions of capitalism, but in the end using the system against itself, through the prostitutes getting revenge, William sustaining his family, and finally, his ability to attain prosperity. Additionally, it’s a story about the redemptive qualities in humans although the main protagonist
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