Nevertheless - Nevertheless,Cooperseesasad,pathetic,...

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Nevertheless, Cooper sees a sad, pathetic, and tragic side to the Indians because they are the  victims of the encroaching white civilization. Even Cooper's Mingos, receiving their due punishment  for circumventions, scalping, and treachery, are victimized after their defeat by superior forces.  Rivenoak, the leader of the Mingos in  The Deerslayer,  holds himself proudly even when he is the  prisoner of Captain Warley and the rescue party. He was, in Cooper's view, defending the ancient  traditions of his people by going on the warpath and striving valiantly to annihilate the invaders of the  American hinterland. However, the majority of the "bad" Indians (the Mingos) are cruel, bloodthirsty  warriors who serve to make the romances thrilling, exciting, and dangerous adventures. Their "gifts"  are restricted to the primitive code of savagery. The "good" Indians, although they are limited in number throughout the "Leatherstocking Tales," are 
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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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