Role Of Religion In The Wilderness: James Cooper's The Last Of The Mohicans

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In the midst of his already successful career, Sigmund Freud decided to finally dedicate a book of his to religion, referring to the subject as a phenomena faced by the scientific community. This new work, Totem and Taboo, blew society off its feet, ultimately expanding the reaches of debates and intellectual studies. From the beginning, Freud argues that there exists a parallel between the archaic man and the contemporary compulsive. Both these types of people, he argues, exhibit neurotic behavior, and so the parallel between the two is sound. Freud argues that we should be able to determine the cause of religion the same way we determine the cause of neurosis. He believes, since all neuroses stem from childhood experiences, that the origins of this compulsive behavior we call religion should also be attributed to some childhood experiences of the human race, too. Freudian thought has been dominant since he became well known. In Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans, religion becomes entirely evident as a major part of the novel, but the role it specifically plays is what we should question. Therefore, I argue that Freud’s approach to an inborn sense of religion and the role it plays exists in The Last of the Mohicans, in that the role religion plays in the wilderness manifests itself in the form of an untouchable truth, an innate sense of being, and most importantly, something that cannot and should not be tampered with.
James Cooper is a popular American writer. By 1851, he became one of the most famous writers in the world. After achieving initial success, he moved to Europe for about seven years, where he continued to write impactful books. The Last of the Mohicans was written in 1826, but its context is in the middle of the French and Indian War in 1757. The story takes place when France and England were fighting for control over the Canadian and American colonies. There are certain characters in the novel that are actually based on real-life people.
The story is careful to include specific characters that identify themselves with religion. Throughout the story, we see that these characters will not change their religious beliefs, and they’ll remain strict followers. In the beginning of the story, we’re introduced to David Gamut, who is a strict religious believer of Calvinism. He’s a younger man trying to bring Christianity to the forefront through his singing. My thesis involves the role of religion in the wilderness, which is immensely different than the role of religion in society. David, who is incredibly misplaced in the wilderness (Cooper, Chapter 2), is the target of mockery by Hawkeye. As the story progresses, he becomes Hawkeye’s ally, and he constantly helps him by giving him information.
Hawkeye goes by many names in this story. He’s actually in a few of Cooper’s works. His strength in this story is being adaptable. When he faces difficulties, he adapts to them and he’s able to help...

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