Characters of frontier Essay

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characters of frontier




In The Last of the Mohicans, many themes are introduced through the exploration of the
frontier. As Cora, Alice and Heyward travel through the dark and dangerous forest they
are surrounded by the raging war between England and France. Their unfortunate experience
with Magua early in their travels ultimately leads to the introduction of Hawkeye and the
Mohicans, which enlightens their minds to the differences between good and evil, civil and
savage.

There were many types of people in and around the colonies during this time, including the
English, French, and Natives. When western expansion began, it led to the stratification
of society, which separated each individual by sex, class, and race. Who set guidelines
for the division of types of people? Furthermore, who was distinguished as civilized or
savage? As Cora, Alice, and Heyward encounter unfamiliar races, they experience many new
beliefs, and ways of life. To them anything different was considered strange and
barbarous.

The Mohicans think of the Hurons, or Iroquois as savage beings, incapable of normal human
emotions or actions. We see this portrayed later in the novel, when the Indians attack
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