These films do have a few differences but many similarities. Dances with Wolves and The Searchers both show the relationships between white people and the Indians, how the Indians really utilized buffalo for survival, and how the Indians and white men values differ. Dances with Wolves and The Searchers showed the relationship between the white men and the Indians. Overall, the relationship between the Indians and white men was nonexistent and they hated one another. However, in Dances with Wolves, Kevin Costner decided to show another side to that relationship- a friendship (Dances with Wolves).
Unlike The Searchers, Dances With Wolves captured Native Americans in a realistic way. Dances With Wolves contradicts the stereotypes Westerns, like The Searchers, built. The belief that all life is related is seen in Dances With Wolves. The earth is just one giant, wondrous, living organism, and every living thing on this planet is connected to the life force. We are all the same, and we must honor and respect each other, and ourselves whether human, creatures and plants, or things.
Dir.Kevin Costner. Perf. Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, and Rodney A. Grant. 1990. videocassette.
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, and Rodney A. Grant. 1990. Videocassette. Orion, 1991.
From antiquity, wolves have been a central part of human existence. From Eurasia to North America, wolves have been interacting with humans for ages. Evidences of the powerful impact of the wolf on human’s spirit are everywhere. Wolves show up in the ancient lore of the Native American, the Japanese, and the Celts t... ... middle of paper ... ... taught humanity that if A loves B then B’s happiness is A’s happiness, B’s pain is A’s pain. Love is the expansion of the self to include the other.
The first introduction we have to actual Indians themselves is when we find the Pawnee Indians discussing the idiocy of white men and how they should be destroyed. This band of Indians kill Timmons, a wagon driver who takes John to his new fort, and therefore we feel that our initial stereotypes are justified, however we do not see this through the eyes of John and therefore we are still susceptible to a reforming of our opinions. It is only through John's experiences and feelings that we feel truly attached to what is going on in the film. Throughout his encounters with the Indians, specifically the Sioux, John begin... ... middle of paper ... ...s of the Indian, or have they. There is one last task that must be completed in order for the viewer to complete the enlightenment that was intended.
In truth, the wolf is neither evil nor exceptionally good - neither demon nor god. Wolves are simply predators. Their role as a predator must not be reduced, however, to that of savage killer. Wolves, like humans, need to eat to survive. In this process, wolves also provide a service: they help preserve nature's delicate balance by keeping herds of deer, elk, moose, and other large mammals in check, as well as keeping these populations strong and genetically viable by preying on the weak and sick.
Because wolves regulate the carrying capacity, preserve the health of herds, and complete the ecological cycle in a balanced system, they must be restored to Yellowstone. To understand why wolves should inhabit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), we must first look to history. As Douglas Smith et al say, “The history of wolves in North America and the west is straightforward: we killed them” (108). This statement may sound simplified, but actual wolf extermination was thoughtless and thorough. Many wolves were removed from regions where they weren’t even threats to humans or livestock (Klinghammer 446) because wolves, like grizzlies, were perceived as competitors for land and food.
Due to his lack of assistance, the soldiers were forced to transport their prisoner back to Fort Mays to be hung. Before the Americans could make it to Mays, the Sioux attacked them and saved Dances With Wolves. Dances had proven his loyalty to the Sioux and abandoned all his white ways. The transformation became complete. Lieutenant John Dunbar went through several drastic changes to become Dances With Wolves.