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The setting of Shane is of central importance to the novel's themes and characters. Like American writer Stephen Crane before him,...

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Literary Qualities

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The surface plot of Shane is rather typical of the western story: the conflict between cattleman and homesteader, leading inevitably...

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Social Sensitivity

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Shane, of course, culminates in an inexorable and violent showdown in which the gunfighter expertly dispatches Fletcher and Wilson;...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Bold, Christine. Selling the Wild West: Popular Western Fiction, 1860 to 1960. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987. Compares Shane critically to other popular Westerns.

Haslam, Gerald. Jack Schaefer. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1975. An introductory survey of Schaefer’s major works.

Robinson, Forrest G. Having It Both Ways: Self-Subversion in Western Popular Classics. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993. Regards Shane as unconsciously revealing the dangers of Western “male hegemony.”

Work, James C., ed. Shane: The Critical Edition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1984. Includes critical essays, some discussing Shane as an allegory of good versus evil, the hero as mythic figure, and the novel’s considerable didacticism.

Topics for Discussion

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1. The tree stump, introduced in chapter 2, seems to symbolize many central concerns of the novel: nature's stubbornness, Shane's commitment...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

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1. Read Stephen Crane's short story The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky." Compare Crane's theme or central idea in that story to the theme of the...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

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Schaefer has been a prolific writer of novels and stories, but his themes and characters remain fairly consistent throughout his works. In...

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For Further Reference

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Albright, Charles, Jr. "Shane." In Magill's Survey of Cinema, English Language Films, First Series, edited by Frank N. Magill....

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