John Ford's The Searchers and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales are both Western films which when you take a quick gander at, seem to have quite similar story lines. In an article by Robert Sickles, it is suggested that these two films both have similarities but for the most part, they differ dramatically due to their differing moral, social, and political views. Additionally, Sickles shows how the time difference greatly affects the perspectives and biases. I agree with Robert Sickles in thinking that these two characters and films reflect the cultural values of the time periods they were made in.
Sickles presents how both films have similar revenge motifs, but the biggest difference is thematic perspective: Ethan is the pursuer whereas Josey is the one pursued. I feel as though Josey is a much more relatable character because we have access to his emotions and having him play the character who is danger (rather than being in a position like Ethan) makes us worry for him. I feel as though Clint Eastwood must of been aware of this major difference in his film rather than the Searchers because this having access to Josey's emotions seems almost like a fix to Ethan's character.
In many instances Josey Wales is able to trust and believe in the situations around him whereas Ethan rejects everything. Some clear examples that Robert Sickes present include: Josey willingly allows Jamie to join him in his adventure, whereas Ethan tries hard to get rid of Martin. Another example is that in both films we see the characters have dangerous interactions with hillbillies. Josey and Jamie work together to escape, while Ethan utilizes Martin as a bait. Having Josey be a softer, more accepting character seems to be fueled by the changing view of how a heroic man should appear.