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Monday, 26 August 2013

Living In Harmony

  "You're gonna help me clean up your town!" are the words of the stranger, The Man With No Name when Jim approaches the Sheriff in the Jailhouse. Well how many Westerns have we heard that line in? How many American frontier towns have relied upon a single stranger, as in the case of the towns people of Harmony, have hired a gunslinger to clean up their town? Films like ‘High Plains Drifter,’ ‘Pale Rider,’ ‘Invitation To A Gunfighter,’ ‘The Seven Samurai,’ ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ ‘High Noon’ and other such films. Films in which the towns people haven't the guts to face their oppressors, who depend on the help of others to “clean” up their town. Sometimes you have to stand up for the things you believe in. To stand up and be counted, even at the cost of your own life, as many in the past have done. But sometimes with the help of others. Is that why The Man With No Name handed in his sheriff’s badge in the first place? That he had become tired with putting his life on the line each and everyday, against any murdering gunslinger who comes into town!

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