The two movies, Shane and Pale Rider, were about a lone man who rode into a distressed town that needed help. In both movies the lone man was a gunfighter who tried not to use his gun unless necessary. In Shane, the man went by Shane, naturally, but in Pale Rider, the man simply went by Preacher. There are scenes from both movies which set the lone man apart from the rest of the community and showed his true character.
In a scene from Pale Rider, it showed Hull Barret, a local miner, telling Preacher about a boulder that he had been trying to destroy because he knew, somehow, that there was gold underneath. Preacher took a sledgehammer and started hitting the boulder to help Mr. Barret. Both men hit the boulder until it broke up. In this scene from Pale Rider, the director chose to have the hero help a stranger, which showed the true character of the hero but still kept him mysterious. The director also used a few artistic elements to create the effect needed, for example when Preacher was helping Mr. Barret hit the boulder, all the other miners stopped what they were doing and stared in awe at what was going on while encouraging music played in the background. .
In Shane, there is a similar scene. In this scene Joe Starrett, a local farmer, had been trying to remove a tree stump from his yard, and when Shane arrived he took an ax and started to hit the roots to remove the stump. Both men kept hitting the stump until it was removed. In this scene from Shane, the director also chose to have the hero help a stranger, which did show his character but keep him mysterious as well. There were a few elements the director used to create the effect needed, for example when Shane started hitting the stump, both the wife and son of Joe Starrett stood and watched in awe of what he was doing while encouraging music played in the background. In both of these scenes it showed how these men cared for other people and wanted to help them.