Posted by Myrrh on April 25, 1999 at 17:26:07:
Hello to everyone in MohicanLand.
Just a note to tell you about a discovery I made quite by accident.
I am in a writers' critique group, and borrowed from the leader a 1992 book called "The Writer's Journey - Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters". The author analyzes story structure with the help of Joseph Campbell's work about stages in a mythic hero's journey, and story archetypes and the like.
Anyway, I'm leafing through, and see that he uses LOTM as one of his examples for in-depth analysis at the end of the book! (He says it's a "classic Hero's Journey, with well-developed stages and the full gamut of archetypes".) Neat!
Neater STILL was this that I found toward the conclusion of the analysis:
"The story can be faulted somewhat for not fully developing the Alice-Uncas love story. It is sketched in, MTV-style, with a few slow-motion close-ups backed up by love music. Their attraction is taken for granted and is not dramatized convincingly."
We always knew we weren't just starved for Uncas-love, but had a legitimate complaint, right?!
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