Hi, need to submit a 250 words essay on the topic Choose a subject from The Last of the Mohicans to use as the topic for a definition . Some ideas to define include: one of the Indian tribes mentioned; one of the forts; the French and Indian War; one of the weapons used in the novel, etc.
In the context of changing relations when Cooper wrote his novel, respect for Indian elements in the novel becomes a progressive move. This can be seen in the condemnation of religious conversions and the parody of puritan ideals.
Hawkeye thus becomes a symbol of hybridity in the fusion that he effects between the Indian and the Western. His being synonymous with the long rifle points to the violence that has characterised the history of the interaction between the two communities which led to the extinction of native American ways of living.
An analysis of the long rifle and its place in American history would be important for an analysis of the modern relations of races and tribes. It makes clear the role that history has to play in the way the future shall pan out.
Blakemore, Steven. “”Without a Cross”: The Cultural Significance of the Sublime and Beautiful in Coopers The Last of the Mohicans”. Nineteenth Century Literature 52 (1), 1997.