The analysis proposed in this graduation paper is based on the trilogy of the “Leatherstocking Tales”, on the subject of the violence in the American literature and the case of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel. The work is divided into three chapters and each one has two subchapters.
The first chapter named The Trend of Violence in American Literature proposes an introduction into American literature and into the ways in which violence was used in early American fiction. This chapter is about the trend of violent behavior used by the writers to shock their readers by shaking their beliefs, about violence as a part of the construction of America, the confrontation between cultures and the conflict between the different modes of perception of the people from twentieth century.
Its two subchapters treat two representations of violence in literature, one about the captivity narrative which belongs to Mary Rowlandson, her story as a prisoner of the Native American tribes, where she talks about the violent manner in which she was treated and about the suffering she endured there between them, and the other subchapter is about the myth of the Noble Savage which is conceived, in fact, as an idea or a person or as a stock character in the popular culture.
The second chapter, namely, Violence in James F. Cooper’s Novels presents the use of violence which was not simply used but also savored. It is about his need to destroy things close and dear to himself, a serious need to produce violence to his own creativity.
“The Slaughter of the pigeons” is the title of a chapter from his novel where are presented the miser human practices towards innocent birds, and where the shoot of the pigeons was seen as a sport and this massacre, or the so called slaughter, of the pigeons leads the wilderness to devastation.
In the second subchapter is presented the main character from the novel “The Deerslayer”, how he earned all his names by violent actions, how he...