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Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving Droll humor of narrator Sophisticated style Rewritten German folktale in Dutch NY Characters: Rip, Dame, H Hudson, Wolf Setting: Hudson River Valley, Revolutionary War change in setting Rip’s domestic tribulation because of his character Clues to his 20 year hiatus Rip’s happy ending Catskill (Kaatskill) Mountains Magic Gin Last of the Mohicans/Pioneers – James Fenimore Cooper (first important U.S. novelist) Setting: NY in French/Indian War Characters: Natty, Chingachgook, Uncas, Cora, Alice, Col. Monroe, Major Heyward, Magua Conflict: the War, Magua’s revenge, saving the girls, surrender, ambush, saving the girls, caught, saving the girls, heroics at the end Magua is mad because troops killed his children/family Natty as archetypal (stereotypical) American Hero Natty’s many good/heroic characteristics Cooper’s themes re: natives, white settlement, progress, and conflict between
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