The Deerslayer Book Summary and Study Guide

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Cooper takes us on an excursion and violent adventure through the early wilderness of our nation. Inspired by romance, justice, and revenge Natty Bumpo risks his life to save his love exact revenge for past attrocities. Though sometimes difficult account for the extreme superiority of the hero, Cooper blends character, setting, and plot in a fantastic web which captures the reader and involves him/her immediately. This is a must read for those who like a challenging read or love the early history of our nation.
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The review of this Book prepared by nathan geer

The Deerslayer is the first (in time-line, not in writing) of the Leatherstocking Tales of Cooper. While it is true that, as Twain said, Cooper was a bad writer because he was a bad observer, the stories are interesting and exciting. The characterizations are poor and unidimensional and the Deerslayer (Natty Bumppo) is simply too good to be true, but still, these novels marked the birth in the US of historical romance/fiction and are important in that respect.
The review of this Book prepared by Kelly Whiting

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   Indian wars Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   trader    -   explorer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   is very quick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   peddle boat    -   swimming on    -   drowning

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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