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The Last of the Mohicans

The main difference between The Last of the Mohicans book version by James Fenimore Cooper and The Last of the Mohicans movie version, generally speaking, is that the book has a more adventurous theme and the movie has a more love and romantic theme. Never the less, both stories were extremely interesting. Main details that support this difference are that in the movie, Cora is supposed to wed with Heyward and Cora agreed with that. Then she met Hawkeye when he saved her from an ambush from the Hurons.

From there they fell in love and Heyward was out of the picture as far as love is concerned. So, Cora is the one who is in love with Hawkeye and Alice takes the role of Cora. Another factor, dealing with the love theme differences is in the book, there was not a big love scene between Hawkeye and Alice as there was in the movie between Hawkeye and Cora. Thus making the movie a more romantic story. In the movie, key things that happen have different importance because the roles switch. For instance, towards the end of the book, Cora dies. In the movie, Alice dies.

This is important because Alice and Cora have certain traits that make this more and/or less important to the story. Differences in the between Heyward are that in the book, Heyward does not play as an important role as he did in the movie. In the movie, he sacrifices himself to the Hurons, in exchange for Hawkeye and Cora. The Hurons put him under a fire as a sacrifice and is tortured. He is only tortured for a short amount of time because as Hawkeye runs away with Cora, he shoots Heyward in the head putting him out of his misery and torture.

Another difference in the movie from the book is that Heyward and Hawkeye disliked each other more in the movie than the book. There are small but general differences between the book and the movie that are not really important but are differences, never the less. Such as, In the book, the main goal was to get everybody to the fort and make it alive. In the movie, the main goal was for Hawkeye and Cora to be together alive, and in love. Also, in the book, Hawkeye dresses up as a bear to sneak into and around the village and no one can tell its him except Uncas. In the movie, this never happened.

Another small but visible difference was that in the book, it seemed like Magua had a lot to say. In the movie, he barely peeped a word. As far as people dying, in the movie Alice commits suicide after Uncas is killed and dumped off of the cliff. Actually, she is about to be killed by Magua, but she jumps before he can get to her. In the book, Alice doesnt die. In conclusion, the book and the movie were similar in many more ways than they were different. Both the movie and the book, although having semi-different themes, are excellent and I would recommend both of them to anyone interested.

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The Last Of the Mohicans

The Last Of the Mohicans The film is set in 1757, the third year of war between England and France for the possession of the continent. The center of the story is the most notorious event of the French and Indian War; the so-called ‘massacre’ of British troops, women and children by General Montcalm’s Indian allies after the British surrender of Fort William Henry to the French on 9th August 1757. The Struggle between the French and English for control of North America became apparent in the late 1600s.

The buffer between the two imperial powers was the presence of the five Nations of Iroquois who controlled almost all of what is now New York State. From West to East the tribes were the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and the Mohawk; these five were joined by the Tuscarora to form six Nations in 1711. The film correctly portrays the Iroquois as ferocious warriors who practiced torture and covered their skins with bear grease and red ochre. The gathering of Indians in the temporary military camps of 1757 leads to a misrepresentation of the daily lives of northeastern Indian tribes.

The Iroquois, the Delaware, nor the Huron were nomadic hunter-warriors who only lived for battle. Iroquois tribes were fundamentally agricultural, and due to being inland people were less dependent upon British and French fur traders than were the Algonquin tribes. English settlement West and North from Albany and French from the West and South from Montreal made it hard for the Iroquois to preserve both their independence from White nations and the league among themselves.

The Mohawks were allied to the British, the Northern tribe called the Hurons, not allied to the Iroquois Nation, became undeclared supporters of the French. For all Iroquois, the danger of white incursion upon Iroquois lands and culture had to be balanced against the immediate benefits of acquiring the white mans’ goods, the iron axe, the iron plough, iron guns as much as alcohol and trinkets. Chingachgook and Uncas are descendants of Delaware as well as Mohican tribes, who are scouts and warriors who serve the British.

Here historical allegiances have been altered through character association, the Delaware Indians were of pro -French sympathies. Many nations had split allegiances to the French and British. Distinctions between tribes in the film are rather blurred and differences between Mohican and Delaware are erased. Chingachgook and Uncas are clearly idealized portraits, men of nearly every virtue, few limitations and no vices. The portrayal of the character and conduct in the film of the principal historical figures is said to be accurate and fair.

Colonel Monro was a brave and blunt commander who did everything possible to save his fort until he was informed no reinforcements were coming. Montcalm grants Munro a dignified condition of surrender, allowing the British troops to retain their colors, their arms, and their possessions in accord with the term of the 18th Century ‘Parole of Honor’. The last of the Mohicans although based on an historical event has been altered to create a successful film.

Much in the film can prove useful to the historian such as references to indentured servitude, the portrayal of the war leaders and the belief of the English and French that they were rulers of the continent. The natives in the film appear as individuals rather than members of a wider community and little social organization is shown in the film. The portrayal of the Indian is not a hugely realistic, but has been romanticized to create either a hero or villain.

It has been said that the idea of the noble savage is cliche but it must be remembered that Hawkeye is white. He is too proud of his origins to sink into the condition of the wild Indian. The Delawares’ were attractive of the attention of missionaries so contact with whites would have continued for Hawkeye. The central character (hero) can be seen to represent the better qualities of both conditions, without pushing either to extremes. In all the film is useful in suggesting some of the issues in Anglo-Indian relations and has a certain historical element to it.

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