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Many western-oriented films tend to focus on reckless cowboys running from town to town killing anyone who may potentially threaten their power The Outlaw Josey Wales by Robert Daly however portrays a new type of main character defined by an entirely different set of morals and values Throughout the film Josey kills a total of 47 characters but not once does he do so without reason He never murdered anyone unless the situation left him no other option In Josey Wales opinion self-defense represented the only justification for killing another human being the title outlaw inaccurately represents his true character The movie begins with Josey plowing his farmland which appears very solid and difficult to penetrate This portrays Joseys modest beginnings as a hard worker and devoted family man The difficult farming conditions however foreshadow the struggles that lie ahead for Josey throughout the remainder of the film As he works Josey suddenly hears gunshots in the distance and notices a thick black smoke rising in the air He ran toward the smoke and found a band of Union soldiers burning his house and butchering his wife and son Smoke is symbolic of the soul and the color black represents death thus portraying the death of Joseys soul upon witnessing the loss of his family He attempted to save them but one of the soldiers knocked him unconscious After he awoke several hours later the disheartened Josey buried his wife and son under a cross made of wood showing his strong belief in religion whatever it may have been Later that day he found a Union pistol buried among the ashes of his house Loading the weapon Josey fired it repeatedly at a stake of wood not missing once The fact that Joseys weapon-of-choice had been the former gun of a Union soldier shows how others forced him to become known as the outlaw Josey Wales On the lighter side Joseys natural ability with the
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