The Bad And The Stereotypes Of Cowboys

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The Good, The Bad, and the Stereotypes
Cowboys. To many they are the noble warriors in an untamed land, the men of justice, and the greatest legends that the Wild West has to offer. But in the quest for riches, many a film has overlooked their true nature; to such an extent that society has forgotten truth and accepted fiction. Now, this isn’t the only case of the bending of the truth and reality to fill the public hunger for heroism (and the coffers of Hollywood), and as long as humans continue to exist, it won’t be the last. In fact, this happens just as much in today’s society. But to focus on it all would need a lot more paper.
First of all, cowboys were not violent gunslingers, bent on justice and redemption: They were merely, as the name …show more content…

Many major flaws can be seen in this set up. Firstly, it’s a complete wonder that the white man from California is the first to stand up and know what to do better than the experienced locals. If that were true, every white man on a horse with a hat could make a career out of going from town to town, unifying the locals, forming an uprising, unseating the long-time thug-lord from his local villa, and then going for a shot of whisky at the local saloon in the evening to celebrate a job well …show more content…

Many similar jobs could be found across the Americas. For instance, in Chile, they were known as huasos and in Argentina as gauchos. Many cowboys could be found in the most unlikely places like Hungary, where they were called csikos (you can decide how to pronounce it). But the grand prize for best alternative name for a cowboy has to go to the Australian name for a trainee cowboy, or stockman Down Under: a Jackaroo. This completely debunks the idea that cowboys were unique to the Wild West. In fact, it seems as though they were in more places than they weren’t!
Many people would say that the Wild West still had its heroes and villains, and that just because the cowboy didn’t engage in these activities doesn’t mean that others didn’t. This, to an extent, is true. I’m not denying the existence of Billy the Kid, or sheriffs, or even cowboys. But I am denying that fiction is fact. The media can over-dramatize, especially on the legacy and character of individuals. I doubt that William Wallace ran into battle with blue paint smeared over his face as if Mel Gibson had ran out of the makeup tent shouting “FREEDOM!” before the other half of his face could be

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