The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore cooper is a great historical romance. It is a very intriguing novel. It shows examples of heroism and courage. It is a great novel and examples of that are apparent in the characters, plot and setting.
Chingachgook and Uncas are descendants of Delaware as well as Mohican tribes, who are scouts and warriors who serve the British. Here historical allegiances have been altered through character association, the Delaware Indians were of pro-French sympathies. Chingachgook and Uncas are portraits of men of nearly every virtue, few limitations and no vices.
The story is set in 1757, the third year of war between England and France for the possession of the continent. The center of the story is the most notorious event of the French and Indian War; the so called massacre of British troops and women and children by General Montcalm’s Indian allies after the British surrender of Fort William Henry to the French on 9th August 1757.
The plot favors emotions over reason. The novel opens with a historical atmosphere. The plot changes to a more romantic state. The plot revolves around the efforts of Alice and Cora Munro to join their father, who is the commander of Fort William Henry near Lake Champlain. Their course is blocked by Magua, the leader of a group of Huron Indians who are allied to the French. His schemes are frustrated by Uncas, the last of the Mohicans, his father Chingachgook, and Natty Bumppo.
Reading the novel, The Last of the Mohicans, I was actually able to appreciate Coopers work, as it was very interesting. I found the book was interesting because of the historical background and Cooper clearly portrayed the different values of two cultures.