Re: More on Magua

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Posted by Marcia on August 08, 1998 at 11:17:03:

In Reply to: Re: More on Magua posted by Elaine on August 08, 1998 at 10:12:14:

Elaine wrote:
: Fighting for truth and a way of life? No, I think not. Had Magua been operating for the common good of the Huron, then that would be true. But his motive was never beyond a personal nature.

Elaine, once again you've said it perfectly. Magua was twisted into a selfish revenge machine, and to call him heroic is an insult to true heroes, in my opinion.

: Had he killed Munro and saw that his debt was satisfied, we could see this as justice. But to continue his "blood lust", and require also the deaths of the Munro daughters, who had no culpability in his own wrongs, was not justice but pure vengeance. His actions endangered his own people so he was not acting for anyone's benefit but his own. This makes him the bad guy.

Through and through. No doubt in my mind.

:Revenge. Death. The end of the Munro seed. That's what Magua wanted.

Yes, and he was, by his own admission, then willing to turn himself into the white man he so despised, and use his ways for his own personal gain. Not for the good of anyone but himself.

To be sure, we know that bad things happened to Magua and caused his heart to become twisted, but that doesn't change the fact that he has become the very essence of evil itself. As I said before, a villain with an excuse is still a villain. And Wes Studi's ability to portray this villain so chillingly is the catalyst for everything else that happens in the story. I celebrate the way he brought evil to life for us to shiver over. Here's to Wes, but I say "Down with Magua!"


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