The following two paragraphs refer to the classic western film Winchester ’73.
The gun is a representation of masculinity, as society believes it should be. This means a treasured yet clever elusiveness that brings strong brutality in the face of confrontation. Notice the mobility of men that are always on their way, eluding a respective evil. Yet when met with confrontation, they no longer can “outfox,” they can only kill. Indeed, the trailer offers a very curious interpretation of the gun as “a weapon that promised life and dealt out death.” This is simply an allegory of the wanted, pursued MAN – a man who can provide for his family, and simultaneously protect them from the evils of the world (think sheltered Disneyland).
The gun is sleek and slender, and is often met with the backdrop of a fearful yet determined face. Due to its ever positive qualities in protection from death, the gun is viewed as a savior and is commonly seen pointing towards the sky, as if in some sort of unconscious tribute to God. The gun will kill so that the man does not have to, and in doing so, will save and ruin the same men as they reach common conflict.