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The Last of the Mohicans

  1. 1. (1789.9.15—1851.9.14) James Fenimore Cooper
  2. 2. J.F.Cooper <ul><li>First major American novelist, best known for his tales of frontier adventures. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A prolific writer,whose literature career covers a period of 30 years , publishing 32 novels, 12 works of nonfiction, a play and numerous pamphlets and articles. </li></ul>
  4. 4. I. Life <ul><li>1789:Born in Burlington,New Jersey; </li></ul><ul><li>1791:Moved to Cooperstown, New York; </li></ul><ul><li>1806-07:Joined the Navy and served on the Sterling; </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning of the 1820s Cooper lived in New York City and participated in its intellectual life and politics. ( sea adventures ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>1826-1833: Lived in Europe where he wrote romances and unsuccessfully books about democracy, politics, and society; </li></ul><ul><li>1833: Returned to the Unites States, living first in New York City and then in Cooperstown. During the last decades of his life,he was earning less from his books but was forced to go on writing for income; </li></ul><ul><li>1851:Passed away at Otsego Hall. </li></ul>
  6. 6. the gravestone
  7. 7. II. Works <ul><li>Precaution (1820, his first novel, imitating Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Spy (his second novel and a great success) </li></ul><ul><li>The Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>The Littlepage Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Leatherstocking Tales </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Leatherstocking Tales <ul><li>④ The Pioneers ( 1823 ) </li></ul><ul><li>② The Last of the Mohicans (1826) </li></ul><ul><li>⑤ The Prairie (1827) </li></ul><ul><li>③ The Pathfinder (1840) </li></ul><ul><li>① The Deerslayer (1841) </li></ul>边疆冒险小说
  9. 9. The Leatherstocking Tales is a series of novels set in the early frontier period of American history.
  10. 10. New York
  11. 11. <ul><li>The Last of the Mohicans is set in the 1757 during the Seven Years’ War between the French and the British. Hawkeye/Bumppo and his friends Chingachgook and Uncas with a group of English civilians are betrayed by their Indian guide Magua. Hawkeye revenges the death of his friend Uncas and an English lady, Cora, and kills Magua. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Frontier Adventures <ul><li>Through his Leatherstocking series Cooper </li></ul><ul><li>created the archetype of the 18th-century </li></ul><ul><li>frontiersman, Natty Bumppo . He lives free, </li></ul><ul><li>close to nature, while the settlers bring </li></ul><ul><li>'civilization' that destroys the wilderness. </li></ul>
  13. 14. The Last of the Mohicans
  14. 15. Background British and French troops do battle for control of the North American colonies in the 18 th century . Two tribes Magua Natty Bumppo Chingachgook and his son Only two Mohicans are left One adopted white man <ul><li>Guided them to the fort </li></ul><ul><li>Became a spy of French military </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to betray the tribe-Huron to French </li></ul>Be forced to marry him, but she refused Cora Alice break through the obstacles to meet father Melvyn ( an English colonly ) The fort had been besieged by French for a long time. Was killed Was saved protectors Were killed Was killed Left his land and became a Pathfinder & a Pioneer The Last of the Mohicans Mohawk Huron
  15. 16. III. Theme <ul><li>patriotism </li></ul><ul><li>wilderness vs. civilization </li></ul><ul><li>freedom vs. law </li></ul><ul><li>order vs. change </li></ul><ul><li>aristocrat vs. democrat </li></ul><ul><li>natural rights vs. legal rights </li></ul>
  16. 17. V. Achievements <ul><li>He created a myth about the formative period of the American nation. He turned the west and frontier as a useable past and he helped to introduce western tradition to American literature. </li></ul>
  17. 19. Statue in Cooperstown. New York

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