Posted by kathy S on August 08, 1998 at 10:49:14:
In Reply to: Re: Duncan's Lie posted by Marcia on August 08, 1998 at 09:32:00:
: Now, Carin...don't hold back...tell us what you REALLY think of Duncan! ;o)
I like your points about Duncan's character flaws. I have been thinking about him, too. Both he and Colonel Munro were guilty of the same thing, in my opinion. Like Magua, but to a much lesser exent,they let their military minds overrule their hearts. They all seemed to think duty to some cause was more important than any other. They thought like soldiers first and foremost.
Duncan came through in the end. "there is no greater love...", and showed himself to be honorable. But his lack of sympathy for the colonial militia's request from General Web to be released if their families were in jeopardy, showed him to be uncaring and singularly military-minded.
Colonel Munro struck me as the typical military stereotype. He was briefly interested in his daughters arrival at the fort, immediately focusing on the fact that Web did not receive his request for aid. That mentality is what makes him a good military man. When he insisted that Hawkeye had to be tried and hanged for sedition after saving his daughters lives, he revealed himself as caring more about the rules and regulations of war than his own family.
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