When watching High Noon I really took notice of Kane’s dedication to the law. Marshall Kane is told repeatedly by many different people to get out of town before Frank Miller comes. After all, he surrenders his job as Marshall at the beginning of the movie, so technically he has no duty to protect the town. Also, many townspeople believe that Frank Miller will only cause trouble in order to get Kane. Throughout the movie there is this struggle between “guts” and “brains” to determine whether Kane will stay to take on Miller.
The film glorifies Kane for his respect for the law, and the duty he feels to the well-being of this town. It is clear when watching that Kane is portrayed as better than any other character. This is definitely because of his understanding and respect for the law and the duty he feels to it, while other characters, especially in the saloon, make the claim that not fighting is smart. Throughout the film I begin to believe that this little town is something worth Kane and others risking their life for.
This film does lots of work by communicating law and order in society as something special worth risking your life for. There is honor in the fight Kane takes part in, and if he had died it would have been an honorable death. Viewers are meant to respect Kane and the values he represents. This film probably leads to the public cherishing their communities a little more and working to uphold law and order. It does a great job of elevating the values of this society while pushing societies who value other things such as equality out of the spotlight.