The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore CooperThe wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.
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Jul 01, ISBN Aug 26, ISBN They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw. In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
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The book is widely read in American Literature courses, particularly in discussions of westward expansion and Native American assimilation, although Cooper himself was considered sympathetic towards Native Americans. The Last of the Mohicans was first published in two volumes by H.
Set in the American frontier, during the bloody birth of a country and the guerrilla warfare of the French and Indian Wars i. Meanwhile, with all the scalping and bloodletting as a titillating background, the two Munro sisters are in the hands of a vengeful enemy. Alice Munro is the typical blond haired, fainting heroine. Cora, her mulatto sister, on the other hand proves both resourceful and stalwart, pushing aside the stereotype of the helpless female character lost in the wilderness. Modern readers will still bristle at the inherent racism and all of the references to the Indians i. Hawkeye himself boasts of his white blood, yet obviously regards the Delaware Indians of which the Mohicans are a portion as far superior and often boasts that his own skills are almost as good.
It is the second book of the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy and the best known to contemporary audiences. During this war, both the French and the British used Native American allies, but the French were particularly dependent, as they were outnumbered in the Northeast frontier areas by British colonists. The novel is set primarily in the upper New York wilderness, detailing the transport of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice and Cora, to a safe destination at Fort William Henry. Among the caravan guarding the women are the frontiersman Natty Bumppo , Major Duncan Heyward, and the Indians Chingachgook and Uncas, the latter two being the novel's title characters. These characters are sometimes seen as a microcosm of the budding American society, particularly with regard to their racial composition.