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Unformatted text preview: Cooper intends to idealize, to mythologize, and to elevate the subject of his romance. The fact that The Deerslayer is a romance indicates this intention of the author, and Cooper defends this position in the prefaces. In short, Cooper does not aim to reproduce exactly nor completely realistically the events he has selected. It is enough that the lake and its environs are accurate. Even here, however, the writer is justified in choosing the better parts of the physical environment and giving these elements the benefit of his romantic vision. If Cooper had only depicted the routine and daily actions of the settlers and pioneers in their battle against the Indians and nature, he would not have won such fame abroad. Cooper interpreted the American experience and raised it to the level of an epic. He thereby created a myth which used only the raw material of actual happenings as the foundation...
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.
- Fall '11