Mohicans Essay

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Hawkeye - The book’s frontier hero, he is a woodsman, hunter, and scout. He is a white man who has spent most of his life in the company of the Mohicans A famous marksman, Hawkeye carries a rifle named Killdeer and has earned the frontier nickname La Longue Carabine, or The Long Rifle. A strange mixture of intolerance and humanity, Hawkeye is able to renounce most of his European heritage, Hawkeye moves more comfortably in the forest than in civilization. His closest bonds are with Indians, particularly Chingachgook and Uncas, but he frequently asserts that he has no Indian blood. Magua - a chief in the neighboring Huron tribe, he is the antagonist of the book. Once a chief among his people, Magua was driven from his tribe for drunkenness. Because the English Colonel Munro enforced this humiliating punishment, Magua possesses a burning desire for retaliation against him. His evil nature exists in stark contrast to the goodness of the Mohicans. He is a villain because of the misfortunes he has suffered at the hands of European conquerors. We might see him as a case of colonization gone awry. For this reason Magua is a sympathetic and a deplorable character. Major Duncan Heyward - A young American colonist from the South who has risen to the rank of major in the English army. Duncan is a well-meaning youth who prizes the maidens, especially Alice, but he is fully unprepared to deal with the treachery of the wilderness. Heyward often finds himself out of place in the forest, thwarted by his lack of knowledge about the frontier and Indian relations. He exists in contrast to Hawkeye, a white man who is much more fully adapted to Indian warfare. Chingachgook - he father of Uncas, he is also a friend of Hawkeye. Chingachgook is the last of the great Mohican chiefs. Chingachgook is also known as Le Gros Serpent—The Great Snake—because of his crafty

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