How are Han Solo and Ethan Edwards alike? How are they different? When Star Wars was released in 1977, audiences cheered for Han Solo. Do you think audiences rooted on Ethan Edwards when The Searchers was first released in 1956? Why or why not?
Being asked to compare Ethan Edwards and Han Solo is an interesting situation because their films are technically different genres. That being said, Star Wars, according to creator George Lucas was modeled after the spaghetti westerns.
Ethan Edwards and Han Solo play by their own rules and are both excellent men to have on your side. The ways that they are different are the ways they handle things. Ethan is hard-nosed and very much a man in a mission. Han Solo, on the other hand, is driven strictly by money and is happy with just getting by and enjoying the ride.
I believe the audiences did root for Ethan Edwards when The Searchers was first released in 1956 because when a tragedy strikes a family, people want to get some type of justice (or revenge) back and Ethan went out and brought kidnapped Debbie home.