Re: "a man without a cross" - interesting

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Posted by Elaine on August 18, 1998 at 11:35:12:

In Reply to: posted by Petra on August 18, 1998 at 10:35:33:

: Very interesting, listening to your discussion (I never read the book, but still.)
: So, do I understand correctly that Elaine reads the word "cross" as referring to christian cross, while Gayle reads it as "cross-over" of races or "mix"?
: Petra


My reference is more than a literal Christian cross. I interpret it as both literal (as in Gayle's "mixed-race") and symbolic
as representing the whole of Euro-American culture (maybe Anglo-American, to be more specific).

I think Cooper was typically clever with his "cross" reference. It has an obvious surface meaning, and at the same time perhaps a greater symbolic representation of the great culture clash. Hawkeye/Natty was the man in the middle ...


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