The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans is about the subject of the frontier and the people who occupied it. The frontier is both a place and condition made up of opposite conflicting forces where things come together with all their differences. In this novel the clash between the French and English is for colonial control of the land using hostile Indians of the Iroquois and the Delawares and Mohicans. The story takes place in the summer of 1757 in the New York region.
The author, James Cooper, explains that this novel is important because it shows the conflict of man against man - White vs. Indians, Indians vs. Indians, and English vs. French. Man is coping with his frontier, trying to conquer, tame and possess it.
James Cooper wrote 30 novels. The Last of the Mohicans was published in two volumes. It was the second of five books which dealt with the expanding American civilization.
The book is the story of a Huron warrior named Magua, who is guiding Major Heyward, two women, and David Gamut through the wilderness to Fort William Henry, which is besieged by the French near Lake George. They encounter a woodsman named Hawkeye and two Mohicans, Chingachgook and Uncas, and then Magua disappears.
While traveling through Glens Falls, the party is attached by Indians. The three woodsmen escape and go for help but the others are captured and taken away by a group of warriors who are being led by Magua.
Magua wants one of the women but she refuses. Magua gets so furious, he demands to have them all killed, but they are saved by the three woodsmen who escaped earlier. All the Indians are killed except for Magua who gets away again.
Hawkeye brings the party finally to the...