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Unformatted text preview: In The Deerslayer, Cooper sought to give final expression in the "Leatherstocking Tales" to his reactions and fears about America, especially after his long stay in Europe. Cooper is also preoccupied with the role of Christianity and Christian teachings in the American experience. Although he is a moralist and a defender of the Christian ideas, Cooper is not necessarily optimistic about the acceptance of the religious message by his compatriots. He particularly expresses the dilemma between the lofty ideals of ethical and moral teachings and the present practices on the frontier. The treatment of the Indians is his first fear about the lack of a humane policy, and the realization that the natural surroundings are being changed quickly and extensively by settlements is his second nightmare. Cooper does not argue against progress and change, but he wants morality his second nightmare....
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- Fall '11