“Chingachgook told me, don't try to understand them; and don't try to make them understand you. For they are a breed apart and make no sense”, explains the first American hero in The Last of the Mohicans. James Fenimore Cooper's objective during this novel was to portray the first American hero to the English man. To do so he created a white man by the name of Hawkeye; adopted by the last of the Mohican Indian tribe, Hawkeye was very resourceful and intelligent. His sharp mind was eventually needed to rescue two ladies by the names of Alice and Cora. These young women had found themselves in a dangerous situation during the French and Indian war. As the war played out, Hawkeye and his Indian brother and father guided these girls to the
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“Anyone fomenting or advocating the leaving of Fort William Henry will be hung for sedition. Anyone actually CAUGHT leaving will be shot for desertion. Now my decision is final. Get out!” And only after the British declared the people were not to leave did Hawkeye assist them in escaping. He did what was ethical knowing that he was going to be punished for it just like he does in many other instances, contributing to the idea that he is hero-like.
A noble savage, as said before, has many aspects. One being violent like and another, noble like. Throughout this original “romance” Hawkeye falls in love with Cora, one of the sisters he is taking to her father, and she with him. When the Herons attacked the group of British soldiers the girls were with Hawkeye swooped in, protected the daughters, and offered to take them to safety. As they journeyed to the British commander, the girls’ father, Hawkeye held true to his word, like a gentleman, and kept his lover and her sister out of harm’s way by putting himself in danger. Just as a savage can be a gentleman a gentleman can be a slayer.
Every hero is destined to kill someone while saving the life of another. Hawkeye doesn’t just kill, but slays Heron Indians when they attack the defeated British. Alice and Cora were marching on horseback with the British forces, and Hawkeye in handcuffs when the Heron attacked. Hawkeye, being the hero he is, escaped the cuffs and desperately made his way to rescue his lover Cora by