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The Searchers
The Western as Myth
“ . . . in The Searchers (dir. John Ford, 1956)
there is a direct confrontation with the fact that
the...
Parallels in The Searchers
First shot
Last shot
Two massacres
Death of Martha
Death of Look
Ethan and Scar
Ethan and Marty flee Indians
Debbie flees Ethan
Mis-recognizing Debbie
Recognizing Debbie
The Edwards home
The Jorgensen home
“They ain’t white. Anymore.”
“Do you know what Ethan will do if has the chance? He’ll put a bullet in her
brain. I tell you Martha would want him to”
Borders
Marty crosses the border
The border as farce
Marriages on the Border
Debbie and Scar
Marty and Look
Marty and Laurie
Searchers
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Searchers

  1. 1. The Searchers
  2. 2. The Western as Myth “ . . . in The Searchers (dir. John Ford, 1956) there is a direct confrontation with the fact that the origin of the territorial U.S. rested on a virulent racism and genocidal war against aboriginal peoples, a war that would not have been possible and perhaps would not have been won without the racist hatred of characters like the John Wayne character.” - Robert B. Pippin, “What Is a Western? Politics and Self-Knowledge in John Ford’s The Searchers,” Critical Inquiry 35.2 (2009)
  3. 3. Parallels in The Searchers
  4. 4. First shot
  5. 5. Last shot
  6. 6. Two massacres
  7. 7. Death of Martha
  8. 8. Death of Look
  9. 9. Ethan and Scar
  10. 10. Ethan and Marty flee Indians
  11. 11. Debbie flees Ethan
  12. 12. Mis-recognizing Debbie
  13. 13. Recognizing Debbie
  14. 14. The Edwards home
  15. 15. The Jorgensen home
  16. 16. “They ain’t white. Anymore.”
  17. 17. “Do you know what Ethan will do if has the chance? He’ll put a bullet in her brain. I tell you Martha would want him to”
  18. 18. Borders
  19. 19. Marty crosses the border
  20. 20. The border as farce
  21. 21. Marriages on the Border Debbie and Scar Marty and Look Marty and Laurie

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