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The Deerslayer and Morality by Randy Hartenstine English 1123-63 July 14 1998 The Deerslayer and Morality Thesis Statement The morality of the main character is one that represents a spiritual communion with nature a firm opposition to discrimination and an exaggerated state of divine morality I Nattys morality is guided by nature A His morality is all-inclusive when it comes to respect dignity and humanity B Nature is religion because it represents the divine II Nattys morality derives from the pure morality of nature A His morality is free of discrimination B His pro-nature morality is accepting the good and rejecting the bad III Nattys morality is exaggerated A His divine morality conflicts with the events of the novel B His morality is one that can resist temptation Hartenstine 1 The Deerslayer and Morality As much as any American writer James Fenimore Coopers work is representative of the American frontier and the struggles of Native Americans and pioneers who took the advice of Horace Greeley and went West While many criticize the writing style and syntax of Cooper almost no one denied the value of his work as being representative of the self-actualized individual This image woven into the intricate form of his tales provided a calling for many new Americans who chose the west sic as a new frontier a place to prove their individuality and self-worth Eberle 2 The Deerslayer is the fifth and final novel in the Leatherstocking Tales a series of works devoted to the story of Natty Bumppo who in this novel is labeled the Deerslayer or Hawkeye The Deerslayer deals with racism hatred Manifest Destiny technologyprogress and was the first environmentalist true 4 Raised by the Delaware and knowledgeable in their ways and
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