Frontier Heroes In American Literature

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As I mentioned above, both stories are centered on two powerful and active female figures that without doubt, are great examples of heroines in American Literature. The importance of the captivity genre for the American tradition is undeniable in the same way that the figure of the frontier hero is one of the bases of several fictional and non-fictional texts. The most representative example is Natty Bumppo, the protagonist of the popular The Last of the Mohicans, written by Fenimore Cooper in 1825 after the American Independence. The representation of the frontier hero in opposition to the Indians – always portrayed as the others – is what makes these figures the best representation of the American identity, which is based on those heroes, examples of the best ideals of that self-made society. Mary Rowlandson “fought” against Natives and she won – with her release safe and sound – as the classical heroes and, as a women, she create the image of the frontier heroine. She was not physically strong but she showed her mental strength through her beliefs in God. (The Captivity Genre – Marta Monzón/P.4). All the struggles were interpreted by Mary as tests designed in a life full of sins and temptations. In the case of Katniss Everdeen the idea of the heroine is more reflected in the second and third books of the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay (out of the scope of this essay), but it is possible see how she is doing a “transformative journey” from the Capitol demands to her

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