Posted by E on January 19, 1998 at 13:35:28:
In Reply to: Hurray for Duncan posted by Susan on January 19, 1998 at 06:39:31:
You have a point there............ Duncan may indeed have earned the laurels of heroism. It is true that the Mohican trio all risked their lives more than once in defense of others, but Duncan did more than that. He not only risked his life repeatedly, which we must expect from him, but in the end he freely gave his life not only for Cora, but for Hawkeye also. Considering the circumstances, this sacrifice of the major's is nothing to sneeze at. He could have easily translated Hawkeye's message and be held blameless. Yet, he chose to offer himself in Hawkeye's stead. Very admirable, for not only was Hawkeye the competition, the gesture was a final one. How convenient to have Hawkeye burned at the stake! The major could then have continued his courtship of Cora. Instead, he offered himself. More than a risk of life, it was an absolute, final, sacrifice of his life.
Second to Duncan would be Uncas, for he too took action that was more than a risking of his life. Taking on the entire Huron war party singlehandedly in the desperate hope to save Alice, Uncas knew the odds were not in his favor. He could have waited for Ching and Hawkeye to aid in the rescue attempt, but he didn't.
Duncan and Uncas, then, were LOTM's greatest heroes. Anyone disagree?
(Of course, it's possible that these two actually were merely escaping the drudgery of a settled life. Perhaps they contemplated Mary's scenario of Hawkeye's fate.............. visions of the nagging, complaining Cora may have influenced their decisions!)
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