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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As for the history part of the movie, I think it was accurate in the fact that each side had Indian allies, but I think the Indians fought mostly when there was a distinct purpose, not just because they were at war. At first the major conflict seems to be the war itself, but I think it might be Hawk-eye's and Magua's lives. The war is there, but it is in the background. "The movie touches quickly on the fine points of
British-French-Indian-settler conflicts, so that they can get on to the story we're really interested in, about the hero who wins the heart of the girl"
(Roger Ebert). Hawk-eye seems to be caught in his own war, meaning he comes from a French background, has Mohican customs, and is in love with an English girl. He always seems to do the just thing even when outside forces make it hard for him. Like when Hawk-eye chooses to stay at the fort instead of going with his friends to defend their homes. He stays because of Cora, even though he knew he would be arrested. As for Magua, he is desperate for revenge, and will go to any lengths to kill the "grey-hair", or General Munroe, and his daughters. In the film Magua says 'when the Grey Hair is dead, Magua will eat his heart. Before he dies, Magua will put his children under the knife, so the
Grey Hair will know his seed is wiped out forever.' Magua blames the loss of his children and wife on the war,