Shane is an ex-gunslinger. Even though the Western classic novel written by Jack Schaefer does not provide a special focus on his past life, his stoic and mysterious manly character indicates that he has been a skilled killer who makes use of a gun as his weapon. The readers don’t know much about Shane. While all the other characters of the novel have indicated their family name, this ex-gunslinger is only known by his first name, Shane (3), if this really is his name. His identity is something undisclosed. His character is situated like how he used to dress himself up. Distinct to the other men in Wyoming, he always has his black hat on his head, boots on his feet, and a belt. The way he carries himself is something unusual. Shane is described by Marian as “dangerous” (15). His characterization in the story is someone deep and enigmatic. Though not stated, this is maybe because of how he has become of his past. For someone who can obviously express and predict the strategic tactics of the antagonist named Fletcher, Shane must be someone who has already thought and acted such a likewise manner before, or he must be someone who has involvement in such fights with the Fletcher kind of man before. He has predicted the possibility that the villain, Fletcher, could attack one of the farmers. He is so right when Ernie Wright got killed. Then, Shane also foresees that Joe would soon be attacked. It is like a manner of thinking how the enemy thinks in which he does very well. Even though the tale has communicated that Shane has a gun. However, he is a man who does not take his gun with him, unlike the other farmers. As the novel progresses, it is shown how Fletcher provokes Shane and Joe Starrett, the man who has offered him work in the farm and befriended him. Though Shane and Joe don’t easily lose their temperament, it has come up to a point where Shane has to get into several fights. His strength is something extraordinary.
Works CitedSchaefer, Jack . Shane. New York: Houghton Mifflin , 1949. Print.