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Unformatted text preview: The other trial for Deerslayer is psychological because he must cope with the beautiful Judith Hutter who represents another form of temptation: love, sex, and marriage. If, as contemporary critics seemingly agree, Cooper's hero has one outstanding flaw, the defect is observed in the inability to deal successfully with women. Judith, beautiful and intelligent, has great strength of character although, of course, she is proud and haughty at times. Deerslayer, despite his adherence to Christian teachings and frequent references to charity, has been prejudiced against Judith by the gossip of Hurry Harry, whose motivations should have been suspect because of his wish to marry Judith. Deerslayer's greatest test extends throughout the book, from the third to the last chapter. Cooper seeks to balance the struggle between the heroic and the placid lives, represented...
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- Fall '11