Sorry. I come to a fork in the road and I take it.
Shane. I love the symbolism in the film, as well as the story. Take the stump scene. The stranger comes to town, and what do you know, the stubborn stump Van Heflin has been working on for years finally, through combined sweat and horse muscle aiding man muscle, the dad-burned stump's rotten roots let go of the earth. It foreshadows what's coming. You just know the good guys are going to win. You know the evil rancher's old out-of-date ways will be uprooted. You know the meek farmers will inherit an acre or two. It's a sacred moment early in the film, like something an Old Testament prophet (my fingers almost wrote profit) would say.