Re: DDL vs. An American Hawkeye

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Posted by Elaine on July 29, 1998 at 14:10:24:

In Reply to: Re: DDL vs. An American Hawkeye posted by Gayle on July 29, 1998 at 13:50:50:

: : Please don't shoot me with a virtual reality musket:o) but ever since watching LOTM, I've wondered why DDL took on the role of Hawkeye. Being non-american, why wasn't he intimidated by the fact that "Last of the Mohicans" is considered the first bonafide American novel and therefore its hero the lst fictional AMERICAN hero???....any thoughts?.......ann

: Ann,

: Forgive me, but I can't resist this one. Why should an Irishman not play the part of an American? Actually, to all my calculations, the original Natty Bumppo was Dutch.

: Gayle

She-Who-Tracks-La Longue Carabine,

Nor can I! I think our Dutchie Bumppo is a relative of our Dutch Trader Ilse. Perhaps this is what brought HER to Mohicanland?

Ann ... it is an interesting question. I believe DDL has explained that it was the power of the era, the clashes, the spirit, etc ... that drew him to the role. The fact that he is a descendant of Le Marquis de Montcalm's subsequent "antagonist", General Wolfe, probably made it that more appealing.

And, She-Who-Tracks etc./Gayle, what a logical point! 18th century "Americans" ... were previously known as Dutch, British, French, German, Scotch-Irish, etc......


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