"What Makes a Man to Wander?": The Searchers as a Western Odyssey

  title={"What Makes a Man to Wander?": The Searchers as a Western Odyssey},
  author={Kirsten Day},
  pages={11 - 49}
This paper looks at John Ford's 1956 film The Searchers as a literary, cultural, and ideological heir to Homer's Odyssey. Each work centers on a morally ambiguous protagonist on a mission to preserve the integrity of his household and his own honor, a quest made urgent by the sexual threat posed by a woman. While Homer's story explores issues of Greek identity and the ethnic anxieties generated by trade and colonization, Ford's film addresses racial and Cold War tensions prevalent in1950s… Expand
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