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The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper

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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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The role of religion according to James Fenimore Cooper

by SeekJesus, April 20, 2014

I am sad to see that here it is indirectly and wrongly suggested that Cooper diminishes the role of religion, or that he regards it as a "useless" in the wilderness. You're not being fair to Cooper since he is not using the character of David Garmout to criticize the role of religion in general. To assume such interpretation would be to neglect Cooper’s own position towards religion.
It's worth stating that James Fenimore Cooper was actually a religious man, and not only the great support he gave to his Episcopal Church is a testimon

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