The Last of the Mohicans Characters

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Big Serpent

See Chingachgook

Bounding Elk

See Uncas

Nathaniel Bumppo

Natty Bumppo is the hero of The Last of the Mohicans. Also known as Leatherstocking, the Deerslayer, and the Pathfinder in the other four books of the Leatherstocking tales, Natty Bumppo is known throughout this novel as Hawkeye. Hawk-eye acts as guide and protector, rescuing half-sisters Cora and Alice Munro from Magua and his band of Huron Indians twice, and leading Major Heyward and Colonel Munro on several occasions. In the end, he shoots and kills Magua, who had killed Uncas, son of Chingachgook This cements the bond of Hawkeye and Chingachgook's friendship, and at the end they wander off together.

Hawkeye is the archetype of the American frontier hero Scout, tracker, marksman, he embodies the spirit of the West—the capable man. Hawkeye is in his thirties, at the peak of his physical powers. Civilized, mannered, and garrulous...

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