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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 demonstratethat native materials could inspire significant imaginative writing p 13 In addition his writing specifically The Deerslayer present a unique view of the Native Americans 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 ones 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
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