Posted by Gayle on May 12, 1999 at 08:40:37:
In Reply to: The Fate of Jack.... posted by Jada on May 11, 1999 at 16:23:07:
: Maybe I just missed this, but whatever happened to Jack and the others who left the fort? Do we find out at all? Also, is Jack a character in the Leatherstocking Tales? Just curious. I've never posted here before, but just thought I'd drop my 2 bits in!
Here comes the old Cooperphile, on cue, again. Jack was not a character in the book. Neither were the Camerons or Nathaniel Poe. I think Mann created Jack and the other settlers as well as the Camerons and their cabin to provide explanation and context for Nathaniel Poe's character and actions. All these gave him human ties which he was ready to die to defend, and the scenes gave him an opportunity to enlarge on his stances regarding the various crises. Also, the slaughter of the Cameron family provided an opportunity to let the viewer understand the contrast of emotion and pragmatism that characterized his decisions. All very effective ways of developing the character for the viewer.
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