The Last of the Mohicans
full title · The Last of the Mohicans
author · James Fenimore Cooper
type of work · Novel
genre · Sentimental novel, adventure novel, frontier romance
language · English
time and place written · 1826, Europe
date of first publication · 1826
publisher · Carey & Lea of Philadelphia
narrator · Anonymous
point of view · Third person. The narrator follows the actions of several characters at once, especially during combat scenes. He describes characters objectively but periodically makes reference to his own writing.
tone · Ornate, solemn, sentimental, occasionally poetic
tense · Past
setting (time) · Several days from late July to mid-August 1757, during the French and Indian War
setting (place) · The American wilderness frontier in what will become New York State .
protagonist · Hawkeye
major conflict · The English battle the French and their Indian allies; Uncas helps his English friends resist Magua and the Hurons.
rising action · Magua captures Cora and Alice, beginning a series of adventures for the English characters, who try to rescue the women.
climax · Uncas triumphs over Magua in the Delaware council of Tamenund in Chapter XXX.
falling action · Magua dies; Cora and Uncas are torn apart.
themes · The consequences of interracial love and friendship; literal and metaphorical nature; the role of religion in the wilderness; the changing idea of family
motifs · Hybridity; disguise; inheritance
symbols · Hawkeye; “the last of the Mohicans”
foreshadowing · Cora’s unexpected attraction to Magua in Chapter I; Magua’s deceit in Chapter I; Chingachgook’s reference to Uncas as the “last of the Mohicans” in Chapter II.
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