The Last of the Mohicans Essay

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In the following excerpt from a review of The Last of the Mohicans, Miller praises Cooper's depiction of native American life and discusses the plot and characterizations of the novel, finding the characters Uncas, Chingachgook, and Bumppo (here called Hawk-eye) especially well presented.

[In The Last of the Mohicans Cooper has] attempted to offer a picture of Indian character and life, and we may be justified, by a personal acquaintance with the aboriginal tribes of the North-Amencan wilderness which falls to the lot of few Europeans, in pronouncing with confidence that it is a representation of admirable fidelity That the author has availed himself of the narrative of John Hunter and of the notices of the missionary Heck-ewelder, is extremely probable; but we are convinced that the tale could never have been written, with the peculiar graphic truth which marks every page of his delineations of Indian manners...

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