The Last of the Mohicans Study Guide

The Last of the Mohicans Study Guide

Original title:
The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757

“The Last of the Mohicans” is one part of a number of historical novels written by James Fenimore Cooper. The events of the book take place in the second part of the 18th century when the French-Indian War took place. It is a must read for most American high school students and one of the best books about this period all over the world. 

In the beginning the reader finds himself in the midst of the power war of France and Great Britain over the land and its richness of the North America. As the French army is actively attacking one of the forts, the daughters of Colonel Munro, who is in charge of disrupting the attack, are set on a dangerous travel to meet up with their father. 

Cora and Alice are being escorted by a number of characters all of which make the actual sense of the book. Among them are Chingachgook and Uncas, the only members from the Mohicans tribe that survived so far. The group is being attacked and there are traitors among them who lead them in a wrong direction.

With a little bit of romantic feelings mixed together with kidnapping and dangerous fighting, the book is a true story of a life on the North America land before the country found peace with all its inhabitants. 

Despite a difficult topic, the style of the book will appeal to general public. Its sad events are written in the adventurous form and don't scare the reader. Combined with funny Englishmen and silly Spaniards, naïve and pure females, brave and courageous males. Topped with carefully selected Shakespeare quotes between the chapters, colorful descriptions of the everyday life of the Indians and those surrounding their native land, the text is a great historical novel that is worth reading. 

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