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The American Hero Every child has fantasys of being a super hero and leaping tall buildings in a single bound or staring death in the face everyday and somehow finding a way to escape All of these imaginative thoughts have been derived from the past literary works by the great writers of the early American literary period These early writers entered society into a world of action and adventure where one can see spectacular events unfolding through the eyes of a notorious man of courage and feel as though they are defending there country or saving the woman they love Though the modern heroes are much more popular than classic American heroes the modern hero has rooted from these same literary works which once amazed people in the days of old Because of its popularity the public pores into movie theaters to see movie-remakes of renown literary works Natty Bumppo was the first true recognizable American hero He was looked up to by the masses and is still a popular symbol of the classic hero Just as Natty Bumppo was the popular hero of his time Indiana Jones is still the favorite of millions today Indiana has overshadowed Nattys success but still contains many of his attributes The characteristics of the American hero are similar in both Indiana Jones and Natty Bumppo An American novelist travel writer and social critic James Fenimore Cooper is regarded as the first great American writer Groliers NP Cooper began writing at age thirty to demonstrate to his wife that he could write a better novel than the one he was reading to her Encarta NP In proving this he soon became one of the most successful writers of his time He was famed for his action-packed plots and his vivid if somewhat idealized portrayal of American life in the forest and at sea He is most noted for the writings of the Leatherstocking Tales The Leatherstocking Tales
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