Re: Renegades & the bent twig

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Posted by Champ on January 24, 1999 at 15:16:38:

In Reply to: Re: Renegades posted by Champ on January 24, 1999 at 14:45:01:

: : Howdy Champ,

: : Wouldn't your character then be the antithesis of Hawkeye?

: : Regards,
: : Victoria

: >>Siyo Victoria,
: In what way? Its an interesting question, but they were actually much the same when they were in the wilderness, the lifestyle they embraced [Native American], the difference came to when white encroachment & warfare came to the land, they responded differently, Hawkeye chose to move on but got caught up in heroic events; Girty faced it head on, and was one of those "captives" you & Elaine mention, who never was the same after returning to white society [I'm sure he felt a real pull to "return" until he did], and who felt closer to his adopted family [the Wyandots], so when he switched sides to the British, he naturaly joined his Native brothers who had allied with the British.
: Hawkeye & Girty were mirrors of each other in some ways, but the reflection Girty cast back was a dark one.
: I wonder, if the Indians hadnt had a "beef" with the Kentuckians
: & had instead fought the British, if Girty would be a "hero" today?

: "Champ"
: the mix-blood renegade
: ;-)

I just wanted to add that in some ways your right, he [Girty] is the
antithesis of Hawkeye, but I really think [and mind you, I'm not defending Simon Girty] alot can be explained with his childhood.
Unlike Hawkeye, who had a loving, nurturing adoptive father, Girty's father was a drunk, who would beat him constantly, and a mother who for want of a better word was a harlot, having an affair with another man, whom she no doubt induced to murder her husband then ran away with.
Couple this with being taken captive, and then returning to "civilized" society, where , as you & Elaine have noted, returning captives [male or female] usually were stigmatized, no wonder Girty turned out the way he did.
You know the old addage: "As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow" ;-)
Please remember, I do not portray Girty himself, but rather based my Butler's Rangers persona upon him. Instead of portraying a military looking Ranger, I portray an ex-longhunter who has joined the Rangers [as a scout].


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