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The (American)Romantic Hero. Anthony Campitelli Joe Lang Flexo Mike Dudenhaver. Background. The Romantic hero refers to a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his existence. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Romantic Hero

The (American)Romantic HeroAnthony CampitelliJoe LangFlexoMike Dudenhaver

BackgroundThe Romantic hero refers to a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his existence.The Romantic hero first began appearing in literature during the Romantic Period, in works by such authors as Byron, Percy Shelley, and Goethe, and is seen in part as a response to the French Revolution. As Napolean, the "living model of a hero", became a disappointment to many, the notion of the hero as upholding social order began to be challenged.Characteristics of a traditional Romantic HeroPossess an understanding of his inner-self or inner-worldUnderstands the value of his experiences through emotions, intuition, and feelings rather than logically reasoningDrawn to nature and filled with intuition Reject the standard guidelines of society and follow own code of morality and justice

Why was the American Romantic Hero formed?Since the founding of America, up to the early 1800s American authors did not have their own style. They stuck mainly to European themes and structures and were as unsophisticated and uncivilized copy-cat authors. This insult jumpstarted the creation of the American Romantic hero.James Fenimore Cooper is the American author credited with defining a true American Hero in his Leatherstocking Tales

Brief Overview of Leatherstocking TalesThe Leatherstocking Tales are a series of novels set in the early frontier period of American history. The Deerslayer depicts Natty Bumppo's experiences as a young man. The events take place in the 1740s in the upstate New York, where Deerslayer is joined by his Mohican friend, Chingachgook, to rescue two frontiersmen.The Last of the Mohicans is set in the 1757 during the Seven Years' War between the French and the British. Hawkeye / Bumppo and his friends Chingachgook and Uncas with a group of English civilians are betrayed by their Indian guide Magua. Hawkeye revenges the death of his friend Uncas and an English lady, Cora, and kills MaguaThe Pathfinder is also set during the war, and tells a story of betrayal and love.The Pioneers is set in 1793 in Otsego County in the recently settled region of New York state. Natty Bumppo, now known as Leatherstocking, and his friend Oliver Edwards befriend Judge Temple and his daughter Elisabeth. Prairie is set in 1804. Natty Bumppo meets a wagon train and helps it to evade an Indian raiding party. The travellers endure a prairie fire, a buffalo stampede, and capture by the Sioux. In the end of the tale Bumppo peacefully dies on the prairie, surrounded by his friendsJames Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)Born in Burlington, New JerseyHis father was a United States CongressmanAfter his first birthday, his family moved to Cooperstown, New YorkAt 13, Cooper was enrolled at Yale, but he did not obtain a degree (was expelled for too many pranks). At 18, Cooper joined the United States NavyLeft Navy in 1811.Had seven children, five lived to adulthood.Published his first book in 1820Began writing his famous leatherstocking Tales in 1823 (this is beginning of Deerslayer)Wrote his most famous novel last of the Mohicans in 1826

Some of Coopers WorksPRECAUTION, 1820 THE SPY, 1821 -THE PILOT, 1823 THE PIONEERS, 1823TALES FOR FIFTEEN, 1823LIONEL LINCOLN, 1825 THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS-1826THE PRAIRIE, 1827 THE RED ROVER, 1827 NOTIONS OF THE AMERICANS, 1828 THE WEPT OF WISH-TON-WISH, 1829THE WATER WITCH, 1830 THE BRAVO, 1831 THE HEIDENMAUER, 1832 THE HEADSMAN, 1833 ) THE SEA LIONS, 1849 THE WAYS OF THE HOUR, 1850

Works contA LETTER TO HIS COUNTRYMEN, 1834 THE MONIKINS, 1835 GLEANINGS IN EUROPE, 1836-38 THE AMERICAN DEMOCRAT, 1838 HOMEWARD BOUND, 1838 HOME AS FOUND, 1838THE PATHFINDER, 1840 -MERCEDES OF CASTILE, 1840 THE DEERSLAYER, 1841 -THE TWO ADMIRALS, 1842 THE JACK O'LANTERN WYANDOTT, 1843 NED MYERS; OR, A LIFE BEFORE THE MAST, 1843 AFLOAT AND ASHORE; OR THE ADVENTURES OF MILES WALLINGFORD, 1844 SATANSTOE; OR, THE LITTLEPAGE MANUSCRIPTS, 1845 THE CHAINBEARER, 1845 THE REDSKINS, 1846 (also entitled RAVENSNEST; OR, THE REDSKINS) JACK TIER; OR, THE FLORIDA REEF 1848 ( also titled CAPTAIN SPIKE; OR, THE ISLETS OF THE GULF) THE CRATER, 1847 (also entitled MARK'S REEF; OR, THE CRATER) THE BEE-HUNTER, 1848Basic Outline of American Romantic Hero TraitsYouthful, innocent, and pure of heart Has a sense of honor based not on societys rules, but on a higher principleKnowledge of life/people through intuition = street smartsLoves nature; avoids city-lifeLook for a higher truth in the natural worldAmerican VS Traditional Romantic Hero.Although the traditional Romantic Hero and the American Romantic Hero share some if not most of the same general qualities as each other, there is certainly one distinct difference. The American Romantic Hero focuses much more heavily on nature, and man being pure as a result from living a simplistic natural lifestyle away from corrupt urban life. This heavy reliance on nature and a more simplistic Indian-like lifestyle has been characterized as being a Noble Savage.Noble Savage?The term noble savage usually refers to what an American Romantic hero is portrayed as. It was popularized from the Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper.The term refers to a person who usually is not jaded or burdened by city life, and by being so distanced from corrupt society and in touch with nature is viewed as essentially good, as nature is perceived as pure and simplistic. By being so close to his natural settings has become more pure himself..(Think DEERSLAYER!!!)

12???????????Where was James Fenimore Cooper Born?Name 2 novels Fenimore Cooper wrote?What tribe did Deerslayer belong to?Why was the American Romantic Hero created and how does it differ from a traditional hero at the time?Explain to the best of your ability what a nobel savage represents and provide an example?"James Fenimore Cooper." Online Literature. The Literature Network. Web. 28 Mar. 2010. .Lieukonnen, Petri. "James Fenimore Cooper." Kirjasto.com. Books and Authors. Web. 28 Mar. 2010. ."The Deerslayer." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, Feb. & March 2009. Web. 29 Mar. 2010. . "Romantic Hero." Wikipedia. Wikipedia. Web. 26 Mar. 2010. .