Unformatted text preview: Cooper, however, never probes historically nor deeply into the history, customs, and background of the Indians in The Deerslayer or in the other "Leatherstocking Tales." In his readings, he was attracted to the theories of Heckewelder about the noble qualities of the Indians, and these ideas from the Moravian missionary coincided with the romantic ideal of the "noble savage" exploited by civilization. Indeed, Cooper is more interested in individual Indians than in tribes or nations; and he conveniently divides them into "good" Indians, and Mingos or "bad" Indians. His simplistic (and superficial) treatment may be justified on the grounds of the romance, where contrasts and opposites form a basic part of Cooper's literary technique. In addition, there are really few good Indians in Cooper's world of The Deerslayer and the other "Leatherstocking Tales." Most of the inhabitants of and the other "Leatherstocking Tales....
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- Fall '11