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Unformatted text preview: His success in conducting himself nobly and honorably helps Deerslayer to face the other two problems in the book: the ordeal at the stake and the love of Judith Hutter. The first problem is of course concerned with Deerslayer's physical survival, and the several long efforts of Cooper to lend suspense and excitement (for example, the furlough, the escape, recapture, and torture by tomahawk) make The Deerslayer a thrilling adventure story. The effect of Deerslayer's honorable treatment of his dying foe, Le Loup Cervier, is two-fold in this trial: Deerslayer is accorded recognition and even the offer of acceptance into the tribe by the Mingos; and he gains an inner strength to help him sustain the promised agonies at the stake. He shows heroism increasingly as all the participants (including his friends on the ark) admire his stance and listen to his comments about his apparently...
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- Fall '11