Representations of Masculinity-The Western Genre.

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Within the media, the very traditional ideal of rugged masculinity is perhaps best demonstrated within the Western genre. Actors such as John Wayne embodied this type, males who were prepared to face whatever was thrown at them in a gritty, determined manner. This clip from The Searchers (1956) is a particularly good example of this:  Over time, the Western has evolved and this can be seen in terms of the portrayal of masculinity we get in shows such as David Milch’s Deadwood. Watch the following clip. What similarities do we get between this and The Searchers, and also, what differences exist?     

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