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Unformatted text preview: Hurry Harry and Tom Hutter, who represent this brutal aspect of the frontier, engage in philosophical debate with Natty. Even these two characters, then, who suggest on Cooper's part the intention to portray the unfavorable, dangerous, and destructive forces on the frontier are idealized by their ability to sustain complex arguments. Cooper, for the sake of emphasizing contrasts, has skillfully juxtaposed his characters symbolizing the best and worst aspects of the white man's contribution to the New World. If he has not painted realistically but romantically, Cooper has contributed a philosophical and ideological rendition to the history of the American continent. Cooper caught, in the words of the historian Allan Nevins, "the grandeur of the frontier." Cooper saw in the changes occurring, especially around the known area of Glimmerglass, profound meanings...
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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.
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