Movie: Last of the Mohicans Essay

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Movie: Last of the Mohicans

Last of the Mohicans is set in 1757 in the third year of a war in North
America over land and territory. Mostly, the war is between the English and the
French, but each side has taken up Indian allies to assist them. The main story in the Last of the Mohicans is the love of an adopted Mohican, Hawk-eye, and
Cora, the daughter of an English general. There are also other stories embedded in the movie, which are harder to recognize. For instance, a second love story between Hawk-eye's brother and Cora's sister. The life of Magua is another story that the movie seems to slightly touch, but doesn't elaborate on. As for the historical part of the movie, I think it is accurate in the sense of the
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Jahiel). I also think the film did a good job with the weapons used throughout the movie. The spears, bows, axes, and muskets look authentic enough for me.
The one weapon that I couldn't recognize was the axe-type club that was used by
Hawk-eye's father. I found this to be a remarkable weapon, used very skillfully. Also Hawk-eye gets his name from his skill with a musket. He always seems to have a gun when he needs it, and he never misses. Another thing that caught my attention was the canoes used in the river chase scene. I'm not sure if this was an accurate representation of what the Indian canoes looked like, but they were very pleasing to the eye, especially if they were make with the crude tools the Indians had to work with. As for people, places and actions, I think the film is mostly historically accurate because "His [Mr. Mann, director] dedication to historical accuracy is not only admirable, it makes Mohicans a convincing experience -- and a great-looking historical epic" (Alex Patterson).
Professor Jahiel states that the old forts, cannons, and encampments are all painstakingly genuinized. I think the central action or event would be the lives of Hawk-eye and
Magua. The English and the French were responsible for the war, which brought them together, but as enemies. "The war creates a myriad of conflicts -- military, personal, tribal and romantic. In addition to rival Waddington, Day-
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