Re: Hawkeye/Boone

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Posted by She-Who-Has-Tracked-La-Longue-Carabine on April 16, 1998 at 10:24:51:

In Reply to: Hawkeye/Boone posted by clint on April 16, 1998 at 09:00:13:

: I was just reading through the "more more mohican musings," and saw an omission. There was an interesting section on the origins of the "hawkeye" character. However, no mention was made of Daniel Boone. He was, in my understanding, the true inspiration for the character. In fact, LOTM was based on an Boone's rescue of his daughters from hostile Indians. I read a great biography on Boone several years ago, and can't really remember too many examples, but I remember that it was written very matter-of-factly that hawkeye was Boone. Can anyone else back me up??


I was interested in the information that LOTM was based on Daniel Boone's rescue of his daughters from the Indians. There is no question that the character of Natty Bumppo (Hawkeye, etc.) incorporated a lot of Daniel Boone. I think Cooper was especially impressed by the story about Boone moving farther west because the population density of 10 people to a square mile (or acre, or something - I can't quote it off the top of my head) was just too crowded for him. There were numerous ideas that went to make up the character Cooper created, not least of all, the life and observations of Cooper himself. That's why Natty Bumppo is still so fascinating after 193 years -- everybody who reads about him can identify a little, if not a lot, of himself in the character. Another piece about him is about to come out in the Musings. Little different perspective, so you may find it interesting.

Actually, LOTM was such a melange of concepts, that the whole movie was put together very much the way Cooper created his characters. The difference is that Cooper maintained consistency by putting 18th century characters in 18th century settings, while LOTM tried to combine two centuries of unreconcilable concepts into one story. There's almost an element of science fiction about it - modern people traveling back in time, and such.

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