Re: Magua, the Warrior's Warrior

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Posted by Marcia on July 30, 1998 at 16:03:55:

In Reply to: Magua, the Warrior's Warrior posted by Victoria on July 30, 1998 at 15:07:59:

Victoria wrote:
: Wes Studi has given us a superb characterization of Magua as the Warrior's Warrior. When he emerges from the shadow behind Webb, looking like a bird of prey doesn't it send a chill down your spine?

Yes it does. Wes is wonderful in the part, no doubt.

Victoria also wrote:
: At the Huron village his words are twisted by Hawkeye, who has other reasons for trying to sway the audience, when he announces to all that he would fight fire with fire, even if he has to use the backhanded methods imported by the Francais or Yengeese who steal his lands and swindle his people. He will fight any way he can, or will die trying. As a warrior we could expect no less.

Interesting perspective, but I do not see any reason to claim Hawkeye has twisted Magua's words, whether Hawkeye has his own agenda or not. He spoke truthfully. And for Magua to fight fire with fire might be the warrior's way, but two wrongs don't make a right, after all. To become like the whites who cheated him and killed his family does not make him a hero in my book. Only a villain with an excuse for his villainy.

So, in short, we agree on Wes and have different opinions of Magua, but all in all, I don't think we are in for a serious disagreement...too much fun swapping ideas and perspectives going on here.


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