By Owen Wister
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The western is one in every of America’s most vital and influential contributions to global tradition. And it used to be Owen Wister’s The Virginian, first released in 1902, that created the popular archetypes of personality, atmosphere, and motion that also dominate western fiction and film.
The Virginian's characters comprise: The hero, tall, taciturn, and unflappable, convinced in his abilities, cautious of his honor, mysterious in his history; the heroine, the “schoolmarm from the East,” devoted to civilizing the untamed city, yet keen to conform to its ways—up to some degree; and the villain, who's a liar, a thief, a killer, and worst of all, a coward underneath his bluster. Its setting—the lonely small city in the middle of the large, empty, harmful yet overwhelmingly attractive landscape—plays so the most important a job that it can be considered as one of many fundamental characters. And its action—the farm animals roundup, the catch of the rustlers, the agonizing ethical offerings demanded by means of “western justice,” and the climactic shoot-out among hero and villain—shaped the plots of the millions of books and flicks that followed.
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