The Question and Answer section for Last of the Mohicans is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Most of the settlers only fight because they're forced to fight. They fight because it's their duty. Given a choice, they'd stay home and look to their own interests..... the safety of their families, their farms, and putting food on the table....
I would consider the climax when the husband gives the comb to his wife who cut her hair.
Cora begins to feel nervous that Magua intends some great danger to them. She asks that he purchase wealth by Alice's safety and pour out his malice upon her. Magua's price: that Cora herself consent to be his wife and live in his wigwam.