Re: More on Magua

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Posted by Marcia on August 09, 1998 at 09:41:41:

In Reply to: Re: More on Magua posted by Kay on August 09, 1998 at 05:55:59:

Kay asks:
: This is what I don't understand.Why does everybody,except Victoria,think that Magua was so evil?At least he had a reason for wanting to kill.If someone killed my child,you'd better
: believe that I wouldn't let them go unpunished.Munro and his
: troops had no reason to kill innocent children,and yet everybody
: has the nerve to call Magua evil.If you don't call killing little
: children evil,then I would like to know what it is.Yes,Munro was
: heartless(no pun intended),and I think that the British and the
: French were the real villians in this story.

Kay, I can tell you why *I* consider Magua evil, and I'll use your example to try to make my point. You bet if someone killed my children I would want to be sure they did NOT go unpunished! If I thought I could get away with it, I would probably try to do them in MYSELF. But I would like to think I would stop when I had finished with the guilty party, and would not feel it necessary to kill THIS person's innocent children, and every other member of his race, to boot.

You said yourself killing children is EVIL. Because an evil has happened to you, does it make you less evil to perpetrate that crime? I don't think so. And when Magua says "The Grey Hair was the father of all of that," he may have been speaking figuratively. I've never been so sure that Munro, himself, WAS responsible for those particular crimes. At least, not any more so than the White Man, in general. But again, even if he personally killed each and everyone of Magua's children, why does that make it ok for Magua's vengence to extend beyond Munro to include his daughters who had nothing to do with the killing?

And why does Magua want to turn himself into the very people he is so full of hatred for? And why is he willing to bring down the wrath of the Yengeese on his own tribe, just to satisfy his personal anger? And why does the Sachem make it clear that Magua's way is not the Huron way? Because Magua's heart is twisted with hate, that's why. And a heart twisted with hate can be nothing but EVIL, no matter the cause.

Now, I personally feel a great sorrow for the Native peoples who were treated so badly by the Europeans. I think there were more injustices done than can be named here. But there are evil men on every continent and amongst every race, and the fact that Magua belonged to a people who were being brutally displaced does not make him any less evil.

Once again, a heart filled with vengence and hatred and bent on rising to the top of the power chain by being the most vicious of them all is an EVIL heart. Pure and simple.


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