Last Of The Mohicans Authenticity Essay

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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimoore Cooper is one of the most acclaimed and best-selling books about the American Frontier to be ever written. It is and was hailed as a masterpiece due to its more human characterizations of the Native American warriors and tribesman for that time period. The Last of the Mohicans is viewed as the first popular book that portrayed Native Americans in a more positive manner rather than as crude savages who were resolutely determined on killing ‘the white man’ and then proceeding to cutting of their scalp. Yet, are all of the descriptions in The Last of the Mohicans of Native Americans correct? Or were they blurred and magnified to fit within the basis of this romantic novel of the French and Indian …show more content…
We shall not dwell on the revolting horrors that succeeded. Death was everywhere, and in his most terrific and disgusting aspects. Resistance only served to inflame the murderers, who inflicted their furious blows long after their victims were beyond the power of their resentment. The flow of blood might be likened to the outbreak of a torrent; and, as the natives became heated and maddened by the sight, many among them even kneeled to the earth, and drank freely, exultingly, hellishly, of the crimson tide.” This was about the reaction of the start of the Massacre of William Henry. This was alarmingly violent and seems to show the very opposite of what Cooper is praised for. The aforementioned tribes were cruel and very confrontational but I doubt that these people were cannibals1. This is evidence of wanton racial stereotyping, as this was commonly accepted at that period of time, this was proven by the fact that there was no problem of killing or enslaving minorities. If Cooper had written this book today, he would be barraged with lawsuits from multiple sides and would be viewed as a bigot with a worse reputation than some terrorists and sex offenders. This is because we, in this day and age, live in a state of political correctness where anything that seems to insinuate anything negative about a race is considered narrow-mindedness. Another characterization that I found interestingly perplexing was that of Chingachook and Uncas. In this novel they are

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