Re: Magua, the Warrior's Warrior

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Posted by Marcia on July 31, 1998 at 09:59:15:

In Reply to: Re: Magua, the Warrior's Warrior posted by Elaine on July 31, 1998 at 09:41:36:

Elaine wrote:
: Your defense of Magua as a warrior's warrior can not be matched. This, I think, is not in dispute.

Absolutely not. He most definitely is a warrior. I agree, Elaine & Victoria.

Then Elaine wrote:
:But, surely you are not declaring him to be heroic? His betrayal first of the Mohawk, whose respect and trust for the Mingo led to his Iroquoian adoption, then later, his own people the Huron, disqualifies him from the hero running. Magua's self interest would bring trouble to Huronia. For this, he was reprimanded by the Sachem. Magua's reaction was not exactly conciliatory, nor did the "son of his people" express concern for their common good. Only his own vengeance, however understandable it was, would do. He left cursing and showing disrespect to his elders. No, no. Still not a hero.

Perfectly said, Elaine. My thoughts exactly.

Finally Elaine added:
: No matter how you cut it, or how sympathetic to his hardships one is, he remains the villain of LOTM.

Most assuredly, Elaine. And a fine villain he is. He's the one who gives action to the whole story, who gives the heroes the opportunity to be just that. To take away his villainy would lessen the impact of the entire movie. And would not give full credit to Wes Studi for so wonderfully portraying a villain that is both 3-dimensional and wonderfully frightening.

(who is known to be just plain crazy)

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