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When
Mr. James Fenimore Cooper started writing his books, he was writing them in the
American Romanticism era. This means that his books most likely reflected
values found in this era. The book The Last of the Mohicans had many of these
characteristics. We find him writing about nature, music and God in this story,
all characteristics of this era. Mr. Cooper also uses the characteristic of the
common man becoming a hero in this story many times. He shows some new aspects
of family on the frontier. The interracial love between Uncas and Cora was a
new aspect to many people in that age. He also shows Hawkeye almost seeming to
become Uncas’s father figure after the disappearance of his father. The authors
in the Romanticist era also wrote about change in peoples’ thoughts and actions
also.

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The
unsettled frontier made changes in peoples lives and opinions in how they would
live and think the rest of their lives. Some of the characters of The Last of
the Mohicans story experienced this same change. There were some of these
characters that resisted firmly against that changes. Gamut is one of the
characters which was the most changed throughout this story.

When
we first encounter Gamut he is very theological, and pronounced in his feelings
about nature, God, and music.  He
continues to be the weaker in spirit and in strength of all the men throughout
the novel. Near the end of the book though, we begin to see David show some
signs of bravery, courage, and valor. When he was found with the sisters at the
massacre after their leaving the fort. To help in the only way he could, he
played his pipe with all his might and skill, and almost assuredly saved his,
and the sisters lives. When Uncas and his band charge after the Hurans to rescue
Cora. David wishes to join the warriors band even though he wishes not to kill
as he states in this excerpt. “Now, I have journeyed far, and sojourned much in
good and evil with the maiden ye seek; and though not a man of war, with my
loins girded and my sword sharpened, yet would I gladly strike a blow in her
behalf.” The fact that he even wanted to go into battle with them is a clear
sign that his character had evolved.

So
how did the changes that Mr. Cooper gave to David reflect the characteristics
of American Romanticism? David in the books holds nature in very high regard in
his life. He also adores God and music as he progresses throughout the story.
David is a man who also is seen very often reciting poetry, usually to Alice.
He is a normal man in the beginning of the story, but as he progresses he wants
to go and help rescue Cora, so we see how a fairly normal man can become one of
the heroes in the end.  

A
character who also changes in the story is the main hero of Uncas. Uncas is the
Indian who in the beginning of the story, seems rather indifferent about the
whole trip he must take. Uncas seems like he only wants to return the girls and
go back to his peaceful life in the woods. As he travels along and gets more
acquainted with Cora its becomes apparent that he begins to fancy Cora and that
she feels the same. By the end of the story Uncas is determined beyond reason
to go and save the captured Cora. He leads his Indian friends into battle and
they struggle against the evil Magua and his gang. He even ends up giving his
life in the effort for Cora’s freedom. It is very obvious that Uncas had
changed very much throughout the entire story.

So,
did Uncas’s change reflect the values of American romanticism? Uncas’s love for
nature was evident and he obtained a gentler spirit also. The Romanticist era
also dealt a lot with feelings of emotion. Uncas shows his emotion when he
raises his battle cry to stir the soldiers to rescue Cora.  Uncas also came up from being a somewhat
normal man to becoming the main hero in this novel another trait often seen in
Romanticism.