Clint Essay

1583 WordsDec 3, 20117 Pages
Since the mid-1970s, Clint Eastwood’s directing and acting career have provided material for numerous books, documentaries and magazine articles. While writers originally focused upon his role as one of Hollywood’s stars, recent years have seen a growing number of scholarly studies that have analyzed his role as a cultural icon and analyzed his legacy. In some aspects it seems as if Clint Eastwood is how every man should be striving to be. He is showing America how to be a man; he is the epitome of masculinity. He has always been the father, never the son, Eastwood is a male Greek Goddess Athena emerged fully formed from the Nixon-era hive mind, ready and willing to blast a hole through any son of a bitch who asks too many questions (Gottlieb, 2009). He has become known for his serious, starkly undecided expression of American masculinity, a callous vigilante and a romantic. Clint Eastwood has become inseparable from his many myths. Fearing exposure as an actor, he wrested control over his image by becoming a methodical, disciplined director (Gottlieb, 2009). As he has a traditional stoic view with no use for politics, he actively assaults the hypocrisies of social progress, disobediently testing the limits of audience support, and those caught in his paternal sway reward him for his tough love. Unforgiven? No. He is always forgiven. What does masculinity truly mean to a man is this just a term that is tossed around? Or is there something truly there? Does it mean that he is a man’s man or is it something more than that? According to Fiona Shelton from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom states that Physical self-esteem is a construct that has captured much interest in the realms of sport and exercise psychology, but it appears that the physical self plays an important role in developing self-esteem. It was James (1890) that envisaged

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