The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757
The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper. It was later produced and directed into a movie by Michael Dunn in 1992. Both the novel and movie have been hugely successful. But after reading the novel and seeing the movie I could see a huge difference between the two. For one, the movie portrayed characters very differently, and also left out characters from the novel. In addition the movie showed more of a personal relationship between Hawkeye, the Mohicans, and the colonial men. Plus scenes from the movie didn’t match up properly with what Cooper had written. In the beginning of the novel the character David Gamut is introduced. He was a wandering young man in the forest who loved poetry. David was attempting to carry Christianity to the frontier through the power of his song. He was totally out of place in the wilderness, plus he was a subject of Hawkeyes mockery. He eventually became close with Hawkeye and helped him throughout their journey. But for some reason he was of no relevance in the movie. David Gamut is a “ghost” to Michael Dunns movie, he simply doesn’t exist. Plus in the movie the eldest daughter Cora Munro was casted and portrayed far differently than what Cooper had described. Cooper described his character Cora Munro as an interracial child with an African American background. That is why they referred to her as the “dark one”. But in the movie she was played by an actress who was Caucasian, and the only thing that was dark about her was her hair. Cooper also made Cora’s love interest Uncas, who is the full blood Mohican son of Chingochgook. But the relationship ended tragically and there would have been no way possible for it to occur. Due to Cora and Uncas being both of different nationalities. In Michael Dunn’s movie Cora and Uncas relationship didn’t exist. The character Cora was played by the Caucasian actress Madeline Stowe. She ended...
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