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Hall of James Summary
Story- Last of the Mohicans
Author- James Fenimore Cooper
HJ rank- #3
Hawkeye’s persona bridged the Atlantic Ocean gap between two cultures from two continents. As a result, he stood out even when surrounded by other outstanding people. He and his worthy companions embarked upon a perilous trek through contested lands during the French and Indian War.
Three among them, Cora, David and Uncas displayed admirable traits;
-Cora, the older daughter of Colonel Munro, an officer in the British army, was a bona fide bold beauty. She faced hostile enemies and menacing circumstances with nerve. Uncas and his rival Magua both cherished her for this reason.
-David, an Englishman, was a minstrel who sang songs of scriptures. He was a novice to the frontier element but showed fearlessness and true Christian temperament when confronted with danger.
-Uncas was that native warrior from whom the story derives its name. The young skilled hunter with a servant’s heart displayed impeccable morals and genuine concern for others.
Hawkeye stood apart because he stood between. He spoke the English shared by fellow subjects of King George III and the tongues voiced by his Delaware nation comrades with equal aplomb. He was the offshoot of Anglo roots with their nominal reverence to the God of the Holy Scriptures and unyielding contempt for France and her indigenous allies.
He was more a native than an expatriate in his mannerisms. He belonged to the woodlands penetrated by the Hudson River south of the waters’ Adirondacks source. The group’s indigenous father/son tandem, Chingachgook and Uncas, were his closest companions. Hawkeye’s cultural crossover made him the perfect ambassador to the commonwealth and indigenous parties alike.
Hall of James – Top 10 Literary Fictional Favorite Characters
1. Gabriel “Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) James Baldwin
2. Miss Clara “The War Room” (2015) Chris Fabry et al
3. Hawkeye “The Last of the Mohicans” (1826) James Fenimore Cooper
4. Julie “Julie of the Wolves” (1972) Jean Craighead George
5. Teresa Mendoza “Queen of the South” (2002) Arturo Perez-Reverte
6. Patria Mercedes Mirabel “In the Time of the Butterflies” (1994) Julia Alvarez
7. Atticus Finch “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960) Harper Lee
8. Mathu “A Gathering of Old Men” (1983) Ernest J Gaines
9. Yusuf Ali aka ‘Professor Rat’ “ The Washington Square Ensemble” (1984) Madison Smartt Bell
10. Bagheera “ The Jungle Book” (1894) Rudyard Kipling
Hawkeye's Ancestral Island
Man of two Islands
Hawkeye’s foes acknowledged his shooting prowess with reluctant admiration. Magua, the tale’s chief antagonist, and his Huron kin called him La Longue Carabine. (French for the long rifle) He used this weapon favored by the English to navigate the wilderness that Uncas and Chingachgook subdued with bows and arrows.
The reliance upon his rifle revealed what he knew about himself. Though North American born and wilderness raised, he knew that at best he could only imitate his native friends. He understood that for all his mastery of Turtle Island he remained a product of the British Isles. He confessed to this reality with his self-professed portrayal as a “white man without a cross.”
The tapestry of his pedigree was cut from British cloth. Yet, he felt remorse about the sins perpetrated by people of his ancestral island home. He knew that marauders chased his friends’ forefathers from the Atlantic seaboard towards the story’s Hudson River valley setting. To this and other offenses he said “ I am willing to own that my people have many ways of which as an honest man I can’t approve.”
He shared enough experiences, having fought alongside his indigenous friends, to empathize rather than just sympathize with their plight. He was that rare individual who could see the bad in wrong visited upon another as if he was looking at the unjust acts through their eyes. Hawkeye’s commonality with all parties made him an all too uncommon character.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 James C Moore
James C Moore (author) from The Great Midwest on September 21, 2020:
I love the classic English language writers as well. They write in a way whereby the reader can visualise their stories.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 21, 2020:
Your reasons for putting Hawkeye in the number 3 place of your Hall of James are well put. I love this story as well as all the classics. It's the kind of adventure that stirs the blood. I have some adventurous pioneers in my ancestry; some virtuous and some not so virtuous. Thanks for sharing.
James C Moore (author) from The Great Midwest on September 16, 2020:
This book was written in the wordy verbose style of classic English speaking writers. I love this style but I imagine a teen reading this would feel differently. Today, especially in the online writing world, we emphasize brevity.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 16, 2020:
It's been a long, long time since I read this book. I might have to pick it up again and find out just how good it is. I don't think my opinion as a teen is valid today. :)
James C Moore (author) from The Great Midwest on September 08, 2020:
This book is a classic in my opinion. However, it's rarely on those all time classics list. Your nephews will like it especially if they like action with historical setting. I must warn it's written in that verbose old English style. But, it's worth it.
FlourishAnyway from USA on September 08, 2020:
Although I’m aware of the book I’ve never read it. Thanks for discussing it here. I think it would be a great one for my nephews to read.