IAH207 Last of the Mohicans Essay

IAH207 Last of the Mohicans Essay - Jerad Masse IAH207...

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Jerad Masse IAH207 Section 12 The Last of the Mohicans Heros can be defined in many ways. In the novel, The Last of the Mohicans , Hawkeye is a white man that rises as a hero through his loyalty, non-prejudice conviction of the Mohicans, and dedication to his two best Indian friends Uncas and Chingachgook, which are the last remaining members of the Mohican tribe. He is a hero woodsman through his natural love for the outdoors and excellent marksmanship combining both European and Indian cultures in combat. With these attributes he emerges as a very refined leader through his courage and determination. The qualities that Hawkeye possesses can be defined as a hero. First off, a quality of Hawkeye that deems him as a hero is through his dedication and non prejudice conviction against the race of his best Indian friends Uncas and Chingachgook, most importantly the formers. He creates a father-son bond with Uncas; not discriminating against him even though Hawkeye is white and has acquired the skills of an Indian leader by nature. Hawkeye holds mixed emotions on race as he explains,” I am not a prejudiced man, nor one who vaunts himself on his natural privileges, though the worst enemy I have on earth, and he is an Iroquois, daren’t deny that I am genuine white”(Cooper ,37). Hawkeye describes himself with these words. When Chingachgook, Uncas father who disappears from the plot in proceeding chapters, which leaves Uncas without a father figure, asks how white men such as Hawkeye know about Indians. Hawkeye is saying he may not be prejudice to the Indian blood around him but when it comes to the enemy of his fellow warriors he feels he is a superior white man. Hawkeye has no prejudice when it comes to Uncas for being a pure blood Indian and
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course ISS 315 taught by Professor Hussain during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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