Posted by Christina on August 30, 2000 at 21:33:54:
In Reply to: Re: Magua's Villainy posted by MMMMarcia on August 29, 2000 at 13:38:03:
: Jeri writes:
: : Well, I certainly wouldn't condone Magua's actions. Then again, I wouldn't have condoned the actions of the British and French. What seems barbaric to us would have been acceptable, maybe even normal, to other cultures. Magua's path may not have been the 'Huron' way, but more than likely it was understandable to other Native people. The great thing about this movie is that we can all watch it, but come away with different impressions, likes and dislikes, favourite and not-so-favourite characters. While I wouldn't describe Magua as anywhere close to a Hero, I still see him as a man driven to hate by outside circumstances. If he hadn't been taken as a slave by the Mohawk and his children killed, perhaps he would've been different. Still tough, mean as a rattler, just not as filled with hate. Then again, maybe I'm just a pushover for the strong silent type (although Magua could be very vocal when he wanted to be..LOL).
: : ..Jeri
: I reckon you might be right...or not...or maybe there's something to be said for both points of view...but one thing is probably UNQUESTIONABLE: Wes Studi is terrific, and bestows the character of Magua with such intensity and power that eight years after the fact, we are still debating his motives and intent! That's certainly a testament to Mr. Studi's strong skill as an actor, and his tremendous "stage" presence!
I gotta weigh in just briefly and a day late on this one...while Magua the character is terrifying in many ways and by today's standards you can't condone what he did, you still have to admire his determination to avenge what he feels was a wrong done to him and to his family. Any man that goes that far to avenge the deaths of his children and the loss of his wife...I don't know, most of the time I try to be a nice peaceable type human, but I also can understand the instinct for revenge against those who've harmed you. And I don't know about the other ladies on this board, but I've got to admire any man who would go to the lengths Magua does to "avenge" wrongs done to him. I think after Hawkeye Magua definitely has got the goods...
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