Therefore, the rather prosaic and normal lives of men and women on the frontier are transformed into the idea that two worlds are in sharp collision. Two very different traditions are locked in conflict over the possession of the land, one primitive and the other civilized. Few of the actual participants pondered or even realized this argument because they were too busy and uninformed. In fact, Cooper has been criticized for raising the level of the characters too high in the romance. Critics have suggested that the poetic and philosophical speech and arguments (especially of Natty Bumppo) do not reflect the real atmosphere and true problems. Likewise, the characters on the frontier were usually strong, rough types who had no interest in any issue not bordering directly on the practical side of life. Hurry Harry and Tom Hutter, who represent this brutal aspect of the frontier, engage in philosophical
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