The Last of The Mohicans: A Romance

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James Fenimore Cooper, the author of The Last of The Mohicans, tempers with the reality of history in his novel to manipulate it to become a romance, tragedy plot. Cooper does this by tempering with the historical setting and creating unknown events to help better his focus into a romance. There is one specific character that reveals the idea of romance in the novel. Cooper shows us the impact race has on romance through interracial love. While it is both dangerous and desirable to some extent, it is also doomed through many events in the novel.

The plot of the book is supposed to resemble the French and Indian War (1756), also known as the Seven Years War. This war started in 1756 and ended in 1763. The French and English were in battle for the land between their two settlements and the possession of America. At the beginning of Coopers novel, he tells you that it is 1757, the third year of the war. In reality 1757 was only the second year of the war. The setting of the novel is the wild forest frontier of western New York. However, the novel does follow reality in terms of the countries that were involved: England and France, plus the Native Americans.

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Next, while it is true that there was a tribe called the Mohicans, there is no proof that there were three heroes said to be the last of the Mohicans. These three heroes would be Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachcook. Cooper then uses these three to create imaginary battles and conflicts to help better develop an emotional standpoint when it comes to Munro’s two daughters; Alice and Cora. It is said in the novel that Munro sends for his daughters to be rescued in the middle of the war. At first, we are shown how much Uncas loves Cora. However, she shows less and less interest as time passes because of how she was raised. She is more of an independent woman who has no desire to be saved or helped by anyone.

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