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...ill go on with their lives regardless of war and regardless of Comanche raids. Newer generations are starting to put the wall of miscegenation behind them such as Martin and Laurie. Through all this, Ethan doesn’t see his search is pointless. Others even tell Ethan to give up and that Debbie is as good as gone, and the past isn’t worth living for, but that is what Ethan does. He lives in the past and can’t adapt to the future. This is also the reason why he doesn’t enter the house at the end, because he knows he doesn’t fit in. He might be able to accept Martin and Debbie, but the hostility will always exist.
It can be concluded that The Searchers clearly portrays our past society in Westerns’ relationships with Native Americans, shows the tension between a rugged individual and his community, and pins down values of honor, family, racial purity, and miscegenation.
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