Re: Apples and Oranges

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Posted by Gayle on October 06, 1998 at 11:52:00:

In Reply to: Re: Apples and Oranges posted by MMMMarcia on October 06, 1998 at 11:11:42:

Marcia wrote: You'll get no arguments from me, either, as I am still trying to buck up my courage and tackle the Leatherstocking Tales. After reading this most informative post from you, I'm fired up to try it again. Thanks for all this info.

Dear Marcia,

Poor dear. You keep getting fired up and fired down, but I don't think you'll have so much trouble as you think connecting the Hawkeye you know and love with the Cooper character. Natty is more contemplative, more primitive, and more stringently moral, but the Mann character really can be superimposed, and it really comes out to be a rather nice combination. What I like about the books is following the character from young manhood to the time of his death, and seeing him change and develop over the years of his very difficult and demanding life - so I see the whole person, and there's more depth to the character . The movie depicts only one adventure, so there is really no person to know - just a hero who does some colorful shots and predictably gets the girl.

: One other thing to consider regarding the personality differences between Mann's version of Cora and Alice, wherein we are not privy to their various backgrounds at all, but are left to assume they have been brought up the same...never forget the basic inherent differences in personalities that can occur between any siblings, anywhere. I know this first hand, as do many of you, I'm sure. Siblings can be raised under exactly the same conditions...household rules, religious upbringing, education, expectations, and love...and turn out as different as night and day. One brother becomes a thief and the other a priest. One sister is capable and independent, the other a clinging vine. Adversity makes one sibling strong and breaks another. So, even without the background differences Cooper wrote about, I have no problem understanding how the Munro sisters could be so completely opposite in temperment and strength.

True, true, true. Sometimes I think we are wrong in trying to classify and analyze people by any system, when in fact, each human being is unique and will develop in his/her own way.


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