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In the book, The Light in the Forest, what is one of the most outstanding qualities...

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brendahammond | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2010 at 5:23 AM via web

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In the book, The Light in the Forest, what is one of the most outstanding qualities one of the main characters has?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:34 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most outstanding qualities of True Son, the main character in the novel, is his courage. He's forced to return to the white culture and endure humiliation, but he faces each situation with his dignity in tact, not allowing his temper to get the best of him. He's torn between two worlds and realizes that neither of them is totally right or wrong. He knows the Lenni Lenape are wrong to kill in order to avenge Little Crane, and he sees the cruelty of the whites' vengeance against his tribe. I believe True Son shows his greatest courage when he is willing to betray the Lenni Lenape to stop them from slaughtering innocent white people. True Son is willing to suffer whatever consequences he must to do the right thing as a human being.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 14, 2010 at 8:40 AM (Answer #2)

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In the book "A Light in the Forest" Cuyloga, True Son's Indian father was a brave and good man.  He had a difficult job protecting his people from the White man.  He had raised True Son as a Lenni Lenapi Indian and taught him the skills of a hunter.  He helped him to be accepted into his tribe.  He is not very emotional but that is how he is as a leader.  He exhibits pride in his son though.  Cuyloga has had to make a very difficult decision to turn his white son over to the white people.  He knows that the boy has been raised as an Indian and that it will be difficult for him.  He is also aware that his own heart as well as the boys will hurt because he has to let him go.  He tells True Son to be the man he can be proud of. 

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