The Last of the Mohicans - The Power of Love (film version)

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The Last of the Mohicans - The Power of Love

The Last of the Mohicans is a film based on the novel of the same name. It's a fictional story set in the year 1757, during the French and Indian War. Though it takes place in the midst of a conflict between the countries of France and Britain, who are allied with numerous local Indian tribes, the recurring theme of this movie is of the power of love. This is manifested in the characters of Colonel Munro, his daughters Alice and Cora, Duncan Heyward, Chingachagook, his sons Hawkeye (also known as Nathaniel Bumpo) and Uncas, and is even evident in Magua, the main antagonist.

The most obvious relationship is that between Hawkeye, Cora, and Duncan Heyward. Heyward wanted to marry Cora but she would not accept Duncan's proposal and fell in love with Hawkeye. This drove Duncan to jealousy and he followed the party wherever they went because as he put it, he felt it was his duty to protect them [Cora and Alice, the daughters of Colonel Munro, his superior].

As a final testament to the love he felt for her, he sacrificed himself in place of Cora. Hawkeye made his love apparent by choosing to stay at Fort William Henry by her side after breaking British law (knowing full well the consequences), going in search of her and her sister after they were kidnapped by Magua, and even offering to surrender himself for immolation in her stead.

Colonel Munro, Cora, and Alice show love for each other in different ways. The Colonel imprisons Hawkeye, to 'protect' his daughters from him, after he breaks English law by allowing a resident of his settlement, Cameron, to escape Fort William Henry (who in turn exhibits the power...