The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 was written by James Fenimore Cooper in 1826. The novel tells the story of a “white” man named Hawkeye, who chooses to live his life with the Mohicans, Uncas and Chingachgook. One of the novel's foci is the love triangle between three of the central characters: Cora Munro (upperclass white woman), Uncas (a Noble Savage), and Magua (a bad Indian). The novel plays with the concept of miscegenation without fully consummating the idea. In 1920 Maurice Tourner, a French director, put Cooper’s story into a motion picture. Tourner distinguishes his version from the original novel by minimizing the role of Hawkeye and Chingachgook. In the original novel these two play major roles, but Tourner reduces their characters to minor roles in order to focus on the love triangle.
Copyright (c) 1999 by Jessica Baker Roche, Undergraduate at Lehigh University.
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