Essay about The Last of the Mohicans

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The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper’s the Last of the Mohicans is a gripping novel that depicts the travel of 7 people through the dangerous woods of western New York in the late 18th century. The story takes place during the French and Indian war at the height of conflict. Major Duncan Heyward is accompanying singer David
Gamut and the two daughters of the English colonel Munro from Fort Edward to
Fort William Henry. Along the way, the four travelers discover that their Indian guide Magua has purposely lead them in the wrong direction. Their only chance of making it to Fort William Henry now rests in the hands of Hawk Eye (a man who knows the way of the Indians but continuously asserts that he has no Indian
blood)
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Magua had recaptured the travelers and Hawkeye, the Mohicans, and Heyward were on their trail. They found David in the woods who informed them that the sisters were being held at two different posts. One, a post of the Huron’s, the other of the Delaware. Using different disguises and deception the group rescues Alice from the Huron’s. At the camp of the Delaware where Magua was holding Cora, Magua convinced the others that Hawkeye and the Mohicans were the enemy. Hawkeye then proves that he is a chief to the sage Tamenund. At this point they had rescued all but Cora who Magua managed to flee with. After a chase and a fight, Magua and his
Huron’s were defeated but one Huron killed Cora. Uncas then killed that Huron because at that point, he had fallen deeply in love with Cora. Magua then killed
Uncas by stabbing him in the back. Magua was then chased until he was forced to jump over a cliff and died.

While James Cooper doesn’t express his personal opinion on the history of our nation, he speaks through his characters and discusses how the Europeans introduced alcohol to the Indians. And had them drink until they thought they were enlightened and lost their land. Throughout the story it becomes more and more apparent that Indians were used and abused by the French and the English. The book makes me think that our history is full of ruthless deception. From the beginning when the travelers were first taken the wrong

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