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The fault for the disastrous turn of events is correctly placed upon Hurry Harry

The fault for the disastrous turn of events is correctly placed upon Hurry Harry

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The fault for the disastrous turn of events is correctly placed upon Hurry Harry. He is clearly the  villain of the novel because his heartless (though technically innocent) murder of the Mingo girl has  accentuated the downward trend of fortune for Deerslayer and the others. Hurry Harry's bragging  and bravado also unfortunately influence the more cautious Tom Hutter. The primary cause of Hurry  Harry's villainy or evil nature is the omission of a "moral sense," in Cooper's repeated phraseology.  For example, Hurry Harry at the beginning of Chapter 19 callously blames Deerslayer for allowing  himself to prowl about the Mingo camp and be captured. Ironically, Hurry Harry did exactly the same  thing, and was rescued from captivity by Deerslayer, whom he now renounces. Hurry Harry is 
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