Judith is perhaps the most tragic character in the story because of her return to a life of sin

Judith is perhaps the most tragic character in the story because of her return to a life of sin

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Judith is perhaps the most tragic character in the story because of her return to a life of sin, as  Cooper emphasizes at the end. In fact, the author calls attention to Judith's weaknesses: her love of  luxury, her interest in fine clothes, and her attraction to the officers at the garrison. She is contrasted  obviously and repeatedly with her sister, Hetty, who is Judith's superior in moral qualities.  Nevertheless, Judith is depicted so realistically that she is one of Cooper's greatest successes in  characterization throughout all his works. Judith's faults are certainly the cause for Deerslayer's rejection of her love and for his warnings to her  about the need for reform. Judith is intelligent, proud, and independent; and these traits make her  both appealing and unattractive. Her most unpleasant behavior occurs after Tom Hutter's death 
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