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Literature and Law
Written by James’s Fenimore Cooper in 1823, the novel entitled ‘The Pioneers’ was a narration that depicted most of the real non-fiction realities that Cooper must have gone through at the era in which he grew up. The novel focuses on the controversy between the Native Americans, the huntsmen, the farmers who are bent on clearing the forest for cultivation and those devoted as to who can claim the possession of America.
The lack of justice in the society in which characters in the plot of “the pioneers’ live is made explicitly obvious in the initial scene beginning page 1-3, when a bullet hits one for whom it was not intended. It is the same lack of dialogue and active participation of all the citizens who inhabit a certain region that causes Natty Bumpo to reject the new laws on hunting. In the first part of the novel, he is even seen to be arguing with the judge about the killing of a buck. The author of this novel, Cooper, in other writings of his argues that the guiding law in any society should be the law of justice. Judge Marmaduke Temple, despite his being a custodian of the laws of the land, does not seem to be very lawful and just himself. Despite the fact that he is indeed a wealthy man and does not need it as much as Natty Bamppo and his assistant, he has the effrontery to quarrel over the ownership of the dead deer.
It is also not in the best interest and wellbeing of others in the society for a judge to be shooting haphazardly, especially while being driven on a sleigh; there must surely be laws about such issues but the judge is in defiance of them when he just starts shooting, and all the while knowing full well that he cannot aim with precision, as confirmed by the fact that of all the five shots he fires, none hits the target. Even worse, he shoots the companion of Natty on the arm. We get the notion that in this society, justice is only for those who have power and privilege on their side. Despite the fact that the judge and his daughter Elizabeth insist on taking Oliver Edwards with them so...
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