"The Pilot" and "The Pirate" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

"The Pilot" and "The Pirate"
A literary comparison of "The Pilot" James Fenmore Cooper and "The Pirate" by Sir Walter Scott.
# 61603 | 978 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper examines how the great sea tale "The Pilot", by the American author James Fenmore Cooper was written explicitly out of anger, in reaction to a romanticized account of piracy and sea life. In comparison, it looks at how "The Pirate" by the Scotsman Sir Walter Scott was a romantic account of why men took to sea, out of romantic despair, with little concern for the real damage done to the naval code of conduct and safety as a result of piracy on the waters.

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"Magnus's daughters Minna and Brenda form the main love interests of the tale, and their significance in the plot, such as when Minna is horrified when Cleveland open-heartedly confesses to her that he is a pirate, and Brenda's alliance with Mordaunt also shows how romance, rather than the realities of life at sea drives the plot. In fact, Mordaunt's lack of a corresponding figure in Cooper's subsequent sea tale highlights how issues of great importance to Scott, such as Merton's inability to reconcile himself to his lost wife's faithlessness (and hence Mordaunt's presence as a reminder of her infidelity), do not motivate Cooper's characters."

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