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James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851) Born in a wealth family best known for his stories of frontier life and pioneer adventure. lived abroad from 1826 - 1833, and during this time he defended American democracy in his writings The Pioneers- The Slaughter of the Pigeons Setting

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james fenimore cooper 1789 1851
James Fenimore Cooper(1789 - 1851)
  • Born in a wealth family
  • best known for his stories of frontier life and pioneer adventure.
  • lived abroad from 1826 - 1833, and during this time he defended American democracy in his writings
the pioneers the slaughter of the pigeons
The Pioneers-The Slaughter of the Pigeons
  • Setting

Time: Close to April; when the snow disappeared

Place: Otsego County, New York; village of Templeton

  • Major Character

Natty Bumpoo: in his early seventies, six feet tall; gray eyed, sandy hair, robust, but thin to emaciation.

the slaughter of the pigeons
The Slaughter of the pigeons
  • Respect nature

Cooper reveals the concept of respecting nature (pigeons) by the descriptions dialogues between Natty Bumpoo and other characters (Judge Temple, Edward, Billy Kirby, and other man among the “sportsman” group..etc. )

people in town vs natty bumpoo
Men, women and children with fire-arms, the French ducking-gun…etc.(444)

“What’s that, old Leather-stocking!.. Grumbling at the loss of a few pigeons.” (446)

Unsportsmanlike execution (444)

“This comes of setting a country,…here have I known the pigeons fly for forty years...as harmless as a garter-snake. (446)

People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
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“You’ve grown mighty boasting, sin you killed the turkey…(446)”

“It’s made the same as all other creators, for man’s eating, but not to kill twenty and eat one.”(446)

“It’s much better to kill only such as you want, without wasting your powder and lead,…I come out for…(447)”

People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
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“Victory! Victory! We have driven the enemy from the field.(448)”

“Sport!”it is princely sport…thousands of the blue-coated boys on the ground so every women may have a pot-pie..(448)

Use, but don’t waste. Wasn’t the woods made for the beasts and birds to harbour in? (447)

People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
people in town
After the first burst of sporting, the shooting of pigeons became abusiness, for the remainder of the season, more in proportion to the wants of the people.

Richard, boasted for many a year, of his shot with the cricket.

Benjamin gravely asserted, that he thought that they killed nearly as many pigeons on that day, as there were Frenchmen destroyed on the memorable occasions of Rodney’s victory. (448)

People in town
analysis
Natty Bumpoo

Pigeons: a creation of God

Hunting: Get only the numbers you need

Sportsmen

Pigeons: enemy

Hunting: sport

Analysis

☆The different concept toward nature between Indians and White.

references
References
  • James Fenimore Cooper

www.xroads.virginia.edu/~UG02/Cooper

  • The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper

www.allreaders.com