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Shane is the classic American western. What literary elements make it so?

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plzhelp | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:00 AM via web

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Shane is the classic American western. What literary elements make it so?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2008 at 8:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Shane is the classic American western for several reasons. First and most simply, the setting and conflict. Wyoming was very much the far west, and the cattle business is one of the core industries driving conflicts in western novels.  Second, Shane's character. He is competent, powerfully so, and skilled with work and violence alike. Third, Shane's relationship to the community. He's a solitary outsider, but he recognizes the value of the community.

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