Posted by Rich on August 29, 2000 at 15:04:26:
In Reply to: Re: Magua's Villainy - yeah, true... he'd have done it anyway posted by Vita on August 29, 2000 at 11:37:32:
Good post, Vita. Good points!
: Re. Magua... yea, I too believe that being the tough guy - to put it mildly - he is... he'd have done the de-hearting and de-throating anyway... that is just the warrior he was. Yes, the natives took events such as the murder of their children seriously, just like any of us will. And I understand him tracking Cora's dad. Of course, I'd have done it too. Hey, you kill my child and ..... OK, let's not get into what I'd to you if I but get the opportunity. However, I'd stop by killing you, and not your child as well, unless your child was an active participant in the murder of my child. Simply put I do not believe in taking revenge from those who did not do the dirty deed.
: Be that as it may, Magua would have done what he did, meaning attempting to kill Cora and Alice, anyway. His killing of Uncas, however, to be fair, was not murder, it was self defense. Uncas attacked him and Magua, of course, would not stop and shake his hand and pat his cheek, would he now?
: The sachem, on the other hand, who ordered the live roasting of a female in order to appease Magua's wish for revenge, was no kinder and gentler soul either. He may have been a wiser ruler, but that is because at his age, he no longer was a warrior, meaning we really do not know how he behaved when he was young and slinging his tomahawk on the battle fields.
: Getting back to Magua... yes because he was who he was, he not only de-hearted a live human being, he endeavored the slaughter his offspring in any means available to him ... this behavior was in tune with how he would have behaved towards any other adversary.
: :-) Vita
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