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Geoff Pevere: The Therapeutic Western – 21st Century Justice

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , on December 23, 2011 by segarini

Something occurred to me when I was about fifty or so westerns in. Maybe I’m watching all these movies about righteous vengeance because they give me something I can’t get in real life: a sense of glorious justice.

In your typical revenge western – and the revenge motif is so central to this genre it probably wouldn’t exist without it – a wronged man sets out on a trek to make things right. He’s been wounded or robbed, or his family has been killed, or maybe he’s been left for dead by the friend he thought he could trust to share the spoils they’d just stolen. Whatever the motivation,  our hero is on the road to retribution.

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