Last of the Mohicans

Characters

  • Magua (ma-gwah) – the villain; a Huron chief driven from his tribe for drunkenness; also known as Le Renard Subtil or "Sly Fox."
  • Chingachgook (usually pronounced chin-GATCH-gook) – last chief of the Mohican tribe; escort to the Munro sisters, father to Uncas. His name was a Unami Delaware language word meaning "Big Snake."[7]
  • Uncas – the son of Chingachgook and the eponymous "Last of the Mohicans" (meaning the last pure-blooded Mohican born).[8] He is also known as "Le Cerf Agile", the Bounding Elk.
  • Nathaniel Bumppo/Hawkeye – Oeil de Faucon; a frontiersman who becomes an escort to the Munro sisters. Known to the Indians and the French as La longue carabine because of his long rifle and skills.
  • Cora Munro – dark-haired daughter of Colonel Munro. Cora is serious, intelligent, and calm in the face of danger. Her mother, whom Munro met and married in the West Indies, was a mulatto or mixed-race woman,[9] described as "descended, remotely" from slaves.[10] Scholars have sometimes termed Cora a quadroon, but Cooper may have imagined her with even less African ancestry. Diane Roberts described Cora as "the first tragic mulatta in American literature."[11] Cora's mother died when she was young.
  • Alice Munro – Cora's blonde half-sister is cheerful, playful, and charming. She is the daughter of Alice Graham, Munro's second wife.
  • Colonel Munro – the sisters' father, a British army colonel in command of Fort William Henry.
  • Duncan Heyward – a British army major from Virginia who falls in love with Alice Munro.[12][13]
  • David Gamut – a psalmodist (teacher of psalm singing), also known as "the singing master."
  • General Daniel Webb – Colonel Munro's commanding officer, who takes command at Fort Edward.
  • General Marquis de Montcalm – the French commander-in-chief, referred to by the Huron and other Indian allies of the French as "The great white father of the Canadas."
  • Tamenund – An ancient, wise, and revered Delaware Indian sage who has outlived three generations of warriors. He is the "Sachem" of the Delaware (Lenape).

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