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Do you let readers inside the head of a western hero?

 
RusticBohemian
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Are there any great western novels/short stories where the hero is also the narrator (first-person point of view)?

I can think of examples of first-person westerns, but the narrator is usually an observer/companion of the hero. 

I wonder if a major element of westerns is preserving the character's mystique. If we knew what they were thinking or what their past was, maybe they would cease to be a great hero in the stranger-rides-in-to-save-the-day tradition.

 

 
 
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Topic starter Posted : May 4, 2021 7:01 am
cabarrett
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True Grit comes to mind as being a first-person narrator who is the hero, but Mattie is a companion/observer of the characters with Western mystique about them.

It's not a Western, but KD Julicher's story that won the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is an example of how a first-person narrator can withhold information from the reader and be the mysterious stranger. 

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Posted : May 4, 2021 3:56 pm
RusticBohemian
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@cabarrett

I just read the Golden Knight. Excellent story, and good example of the narrator withholding info. Thanks for sharing!

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Topic starter Posted : May 5, 2021 6:32 am
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