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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is both optimistic and pessimistic It is unsatisfactory to call the film plain optimistic which it was in the middle of the movie as the beginning but more so the end was pessimistic The middle of the film was optimistic because it showed the joyous personalities of the people and about ten minutes from the end of Ransom Stoddards flashback film reached its climax when Liberty Valance was killed On the pessimistic side of the film however is what has become of Shinbone after Libertys death When Liberty died so too did every body living his way which included the films unsung hero Tom Doniphon When Stoddard came back to Shinbone the town was definitely less lively due to modern inventions such as the telegraph the steam trains and possibly the telephone This is the cost that Shinbone had to pay for modernizing liveliness The movie came down to liberty and violence verses law order and freedom of speech in which the latter prevailed the latter being Ransom Stoddard The sad thing was that with Libertys death died those living under the law that he lived too A prime example of this was Tom Doniphon He was well respected mainly for his powerful presence and his ability not to be manipulated by anyone including Liberty Valance However when Senator Stoddard came back for Doniphons funeral no one knew who Doniphon was He died with Liberty The even sadder thing was that he killed his own self in a sense as he killed Liberty The audience was meant to feel this though as the free and violent way of living can be unorthodox and can be undone easier than law and order in this case it was undone by itself His ways would have died out over time however as modernism does spread quickly but he was the favorite of Shinbone he had a girl and a nice
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