Coopers "deerslayer": View Of The Native Americans

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Cooper's "Deerslayer": View of the Native Americans

James Fenimore Cooper was born on September 15, 1789 in Burlington, New
Jersey. He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Fenimore) Cooper, the twelfth of thirteen children (Long, p. 9). Cooper is known as one of the first great
American novelists, in many ways because he was the first American writer to gain international followers of his writing. In addition, he was perhaps the first novelist to "demonstrate...that native materials could inspire significant imaginative writing" (p. 13). In addition his writing, specifically The
Deerslayer, present a unique view of the Native American's experiences and situation. Many critics, for example, argue that The Deerslayer presents a moral opinion about what occurred in the lives of the American Indians.
Marius Bewley has said that the book shows moral values throughout the context of it. He says that from the very beginning, this is symbolically made clear. The plot is a platform for the development of moral themes. The first contact the reader has with people in the book is in the passage in which the two hunters find each other. "The calls were in different tones, evidently proceeding from two men who had lost their way, and were searching in different directions for their path" (Cooper, p. 5). Bewley states that this meeting is symbolic of losing one's way morally, and then attempting to find it again through different paths. Says Bewley, "when the two men emerge from the forest into the little clearing we are face to face with... two opposing moral visions of life which are embodied in these two woodsmen" (cited in Long, p. 121).
Critic Donald Davie, however, disagrees. His contention is that the plot is poorly developed. "It does not hang together; has no internal logic; one incident does not rise out of another" (cited in Long, p. 121). But according to Robert Long, Bewley has a better grasp of the meaning and presentation of ideas throughout the book. According to Long, although the plot development may not be "strictly linear," it is still certainly coherent and makes sense. In addition, Long feels that, as Bewley states, the novel is a way in and through which Cooper presents moral ideas about the plight of the Native
Americans (p. 121).
The story of The Deerslayer is simple. It is novel which tells the events which occur in the travels of a frontiersman. His name is Natty, and he is a young man at only twenty years old. Coming from New York of the eighteenth century, he is unprepared in many ways for what he encounters in the frontier.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that cooper is known as one of the first great children.
  • Opines that the reader's contact with people in the book is in a passage in which the passage ends.
  • Analyzes how long feels that, as bewley states, the novel is a way.
  • Narrates how he got his nickname - hurry scurry.
  • Opines that the later actions of both hurry and the deerslayer will be similar.
  • Analyzes how william p. kelly (1983) states that two men to be seen even more strongly.
  • Opines that cooper's teaching of a lesson makes it all the more special.
  • Analyzes how claims the land, though unofficially, in the novel.
  • Asks hurry if there is a man who calls himself 'hurry'.
  • Analyzes how they begin to talk about hunting and hunting in the beginning of the book.
  • Opines that he looks at this in a totally different perspective.
  • Opines that for their part i account game, a redskin, and frenchman as
  • Describes his apparent pride, about the fact that in all the land, he has the reputation for.
  • Opines that avoided is the correct and 'quot;right' view. he sets natty up as a moral character.
  • Opines that he believes that they are good people.
  • Narrates how he would mind if a white man named the water.
  • Opines that the indians, on the other hand, would have ruined the natural beauty of it.
  • Explains that the indian name for it is ''glimmerglass.
  • Opines that compelled to keep the redmen's name, for it would be too hard to rob them of.
  • Opines that value and care for today will be confiscated and fought for by the white men.
  • Opines that the indians will be allowed to play in the world cup.
  • Analyzes how the white men fought for the land much more than the black men did.
  • Opines that hurry is the one who has a racist attitude, believing that the deaths of indians are inevitable.
  • Describes the feelings of bonding and brotherhood that hold the man in his arms as he dies.
  • Explains that he respected the land in a way that was not common to most white men.
  • Describes the events that occur in the travels of a frontiersman, natty.
  • Analyzes how the voices of the two men calling to one another introduce the idea of a world that relates to the american indians.
  • Opines that the expression that rarely failed to win upon those who had leisure to examine it, and to yield to the feelings of the reader, would not have influenced his looks.
  • Analyzes how the king has gone so far away that his claim will never trouble old tom hutter, who has got possession, and is like keeping it as long as his life.
  • Analyzes how he claims to be the only man who had shed so much blood of animals that had not shed man's blood.
  • Explains that cooper presents this view in order to show what he feels is the correct way. cooper wants natty.
  • Analyzes how natty thinks of hurry telling him that it has no name, or, at least, no paleface name.
  • Analyzes how cooper sets hurry and natty up as a story of good and evil, right and wrong.
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