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Emily Ryan English 2020 James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer (408-12, 415-26) 10/10/07 Deerslayer : 1. How is Deerslayer a liminal figure; that is, between which two worlds is he culturally divided? Describe a scene in our reading when his liminal state of mind (his desire to honor both worlds equally) could lead to his injury or death. Deerslayer is divided culturally between being a Christian and being in a “savage” world. When he pulls his canoe up to the shore and he is shot at by an Indian, he finds cover. Soon, he sees that the Indian is reloading his gun, and Deerslayer has a perfect shot of his attacker. However, because of his beliefs, he doesn’t take the shot because it would not be the Christian thing to do. This was very risky thing to do because he could have then been easily hurt by the savage after the gun was loaded. 2. What is Deerslayer’s attitude toward the wilderness and nature? Compare/contrast it with attitudes in at least one other text (think de Vaca,
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 2010 taught by Professor Bradley during the Fall '07 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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