The DeerSlayer: Metaphor Analysis

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The Ark
This is the floating second home of the Hutter family and, like the castle, has been constructed as a protective measure after their homes were previously burned down three times.
This boat also has biblical connotations, given the name, but it is possible to see this as at least partially ironic as the owner, Thomas Hutter, is depicted as selfish and self-serving up to the point of his death and is, therefore, one of the least religious or caring characters of the novel.
The Bible
This is used as a representation of supposedly white civilization and is the totem that Hetty carries with her when visiting the enemy. For Hetty, the words of the Bible symbolize truth and as she is depicted as an innocent who is unable to lie, this book comes to represent her goodness as well as her faith.
The Castle
This miniature fortress in the lake epitomizes the isolation felt by the Hutter family as well as acting as a form of sanctuary from the wilderness outside. As with the ark, it is constructed ostensibly to protect Thomas Hutter and his family from outside forces, such as the Native Americans and frontiersmen. It also symbolizes the frontier lifestyle where new cultures are being imposed on the old and the different cultures clash violently.

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