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In Clint Eastwood's 1992 film Unforgiven, is there meaning in the fact that Strawberry Alice is the only unarmed person who ever stands up to Little Bill?

Asked by SaganRitual (2056points) October 15th, 2018

I’m obsessed with this movie. It’s loaded with meaning everywhere you look. I just noticed, other than Will Munny with a shotgun in his hand, Alice is the only one who ever stands up to Little Bill.

Does her fearlessness—even while Bill was being physically rough with her—mean something in the story? It can’t just be a way of showing how tough she is: no one crosses Little Bill. They’re all afraid of him, but the author seems to go out of his way to show her, of all people, giving it back to him.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m going to have to watch it again with you in mind!

filmfann's avatar

It is a beautifully written film.
Having no one stand up to Little Bill reinforces how scary he is. You can see it when the writer suggests that Bill horsewhip whoever built his house.

mazingerz88's avatar

Maybe Alice and Bill were once an item?

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