Unformatted text preview: Cooper questions the moral and ethical aspects of the conquest of the American land and particularly the treatment of the natives by the white men. Cooper's Indians, criticized as too noble by many critics, offer compelling arguments and complaints about their condition. Hetty defends the Christian message and the special place of white civilization because it has received the news of Christianity. Although these words of Hetty can be excused because of her limited mental capacities, the answers she supplies represent the thinking — and rationalization — of many pioneers and settlers. Hist, however, though at first friendly to the white girl, finally turns against Hetty. She poignantly expresses the Indian credo that the white men argue rationally only in their own aggressions; they never apply the New Testament teachings to the Indian side of any quarrel; thus they are hypocritical, lying, and...
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- Fall '11
- Hetty, white men. Cooper, offer compelling arguments, condition. Hetty, brocade dress