Breaking Down a Genre: Westerns

TIES WITH HOLLYWOOD

TIMELINE

Components of the Western Genre

Cowboys/Gunfighters & Horses

Pistols and Rifles

Desert setting and Wild-west Saloon

Common Themes

CHARACTER ARCHETYPES

Cowboys

The Drifter (also known as the stranger)

Gunslingers

Outlaw

Bounty Hunter

The Sheriff

Natives

The Saloon

Frontiersmen

SUBGENRES

Spaghetti Westerns

Epic Westerns

Comedy Westerns:

Singing Cowboy Westerns:

Contemporary or Neo-western films

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