Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jesse James, the Outlaw

"Personally, I don't dislike you. I admire your boldness and decision of character, in spite of your crimes." (Narrator to Jesse James)

This strikes me as the crux of every relationship with a good western outlaw.  Despite their savagery and brutality, there is something compelling about these figures.  A good outlaw attracts us at the same time his actions repulse us.  Is it this "boldness and decision of character" that make us fall in love?

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