In Django Unchained there are different genre characteristics that make it the adventure western that it is and the year of when it is set.
The elements of adventure and western are shown throughout the movie and is shown from the very beginning by showing shots of desert landscapes and open landscapes that haven’t been touched or disturbed by civilization while the main theme song ‘Django’ is played over the top as well as bright red bold credits are being shown other the top of the footage. The main element of the movie is taking the audience back to the 1800’s when slavery was popular in America and when white people used horses as transportation, were incredibly rich and owned large pieces of land and mansions, when they also owned black slaves and used them for their own personal benefit or enjoyment.
The narrative structure of the film is set into three parts, the beginning, middle and end. The beginning of the film is the introduction of the two main characters of the film, their specific roles in the film and why they need to partner up throughout the film. The middle is when Django learns how to use a weapon, they both perform bounties to earn money and learn the whereabouts of Django’s wife from other wealthy characters so he can go rescue her. They also come across some of the gang members that tortured and sold Django and his wife separately from each other and end up killing them for revenge. When they locate Django’s wife, Django and his partner try to trick her owner (Candy) into selling her by becoming friends with the owner, Candy’s right hand man Stephen finds out why Django and his partner are really visiting him. Django, his partner and Candy both come to an agreement to pay for Django’s wife’s freedom. Djangos partner then kills Candy mainly because he was such an evil man and did not care for any of the black slaves that he kept as servants. At the end of the film Django’s wife then becomes a hostage of Stephen, Django is being sent to a mine to work, he then escapes from the three cowboys taking him to the mine, race’s back to where his wife is being held. There he kills Stephen and the rest of Candy’s bodyguards and family, he injures Stephen leaving him to suffer from his wounds inside the mansion, the mansion has been rigged with dynamite the mansion then blows up. Django then leaves with his wife into the distance the credits then show over the top of the footage of the burning house.
The representation of the characters in the film are as follows: Django who is clearly the hero of the picture, Django has a lust for revenge on the gang who tortured him and his wife but is also a novice when it comes to weapons, horse riding and even reading. Doctor Schultz who is an undercover bounty hunter and disguises himself as a dentist, he trains Django into becoming a trained gunslinger and bounty hunter like himself and whose purpose is to find and kill the same gang who tortured Django and his wife. The two main social groups of the film are the black slaves who have the one main purpose of being a slave and nothing else, but are split into lots of different groups which perform different tasks, such as working in the kitchen, working in the fields, taking part in forced fights as the rich people use this for sheer sport that they find amusing and fun. The other big social group is the rich white people who own lots of black slaves and consider black people to be poor, dumb and the lowest racial group of the west making the white people the biggest stereotypes of the film.