Honor in the Last of the Mohicans

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Honor means the showing of respect or an intense sense of ethical conduct (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor). The Last of the Mohicans was set during a time of honor and sacrifice and those with great passion gave it their all. Honor is shown through love of family and brotherhood throughout the film. There are many instances where honor is an issue in the film. The French offered a cease fire to the English when they found out no reinforcements were coming to help them. The colonists’ demonstrated honor to their families. The Native Americans honored the agreement between the English and the colonists, and the British demonstrated honor by surrendering for the sake of their men.

The first group I would like to discuss is the colonists. The colonists were asked to join the English militia to fight against the French. They were torn by this request. They know they have a sense of responsibility to their government. However, most of them have families. If they left their homes to fight in the war, their families would be unprotected and vulnerable to enemy attack. I feel many of them feared more for their loved ones rather than their own lives or outcome of the war. I would have the same feelings. Unless my family was guaranteed protection, I would refuse to fight as well. If families are not protected, no one would be able to rest knowing there is a chance members of your family can be hurt, or possibly killed. It was very honorable for the colonists to put their families first when trying to make a difficult decision.

The next group I would like to discuss is the Native Americans. Honor and diligence were the way of the Mohican tribe. They had a strong love for their families and brotherhood. They will not let war or anything else come between this unity. Hawkeye demonstrated honor when he helped some of the colonists escape so they can go to their families. According to a treaty between the English and the colonists,...
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