Themovie theLast of the Mohicansand the story of Captivityand Restoration of Mary Rowlandsonare some of the greatest literary works with great similarityregarding the context of their development. Both stories revolvearound the struggle for freedom. The author of the book and thedirector of the movie present determined protagonists who worktirelessly to solve their grievances. However, several issues likedisloyalty, distrust, selfishness, and betrayal revolve around thepursuit of freedom in the works of art. Each of the two masterpieceshas a unique plot and development towards communicating the creators’messages to the audience. The analysis of the two works focuses onthe uniqueness employed in the development of the two literary workstowards achieving the authors’ objectives.
Themovie the lastof Mohicansfeatures a protagonist, Hawkeye, who works relentlessly towardsensuring that justice prevails. The character does not have apersonal interest or individual benefits from achieving independencebut risks his life in finding the enemy and executing him (Ned &Michael, 1992). Magua, the antagonist in the story, is an enemy ofthe people who betrays Colonel Munro’s daughter handing them to theHurons on a silver plate to facilitate revenge he had planned forquite a long time. At the time, racism was at its worst and Magua, anIndian, settles on marrying Munro’s daughter, a white American, tofrustrate him and destabilize the man emotionally. Magua believesthat the thick line of discrimination will be a better payback forthe foul treatment he had received from the colonel. Chingachgook andhis son Uncas, both Indians were part of Colonel Munro’s daughterscompany in the wilderness. One of the girls, Cora, develops aromantic affection for Uncas. Interracial relationships are a keypart of the movie. Despite the French and Indian battle thatoverrides the events in the screenplay, racial discrimination andconcerns are a major part of the story.
Thestory Captivityand Restoration of Mary Rowlandsonfeatures a woman as the main character who doubles up as theprotagonist in the story. The Native Americans attack the Britishsettlement where she hails from. Tension intensifies among Britons inthe country with the invasions becoming a regular practice thatthreatens the freedom and existence of the settlers. During the awfuloccurrence, lives are lost, and people end up with major wounds. TheIndians get total control of the situation and holds the Britonscaptive. The movement through the wilderness characterized bystraining and crossing of rivers drifts the captives away from theonly beacon of hope, the British soldiers that they had left. MaryRowlandson is unable to get in touch with her family, and at somepoint, she worries that her husband may be dead. She, however, getsto meet with her son and daughter from time to time. Amidst losthopes, Mary Rowlandson’s belief in God and kindness towards othersgives her hope of a better future. The author focuses ondetermination and optimism as a strategy to overcoming difficulties.In the end, Mary gets to reunite with her family in Boston and herfaith in God pays off.
Thereare many similarities in the authors’ execution of the two workstowards achieving their objective of the various works of art. Theclimaxes in theLast of the Mohicansand the story of Captivityand Restoration of Mary Rowlandson alikeinvolve conflicts towards breaking from the chains of captivity. Bothcases involve conflicts and struggle to gain freedom. A war betweenMagua and the Delawares leaves the antagonist dead. Hawkeye avengesMagua’s wrong deeds when he kills him in the last scene. MaryRowlandson hopes for a better future. After confirmation that allhope is gone, her destiny can only be determined religious beliefthat unchains her from captivity, and she ends up safe and reunitedwith her family (Baym & Levine, 2012). Both the protagonists inthe two literary works of art are relentless towards winning theirbattles. Hawkeye and Rowlandson hold on to hope until they are setfree from the enemies.
Afteran extensive analysis of the two works of art, it is undebatable thatthe author accomplishes the intended mission in story of Captivityand Restoration of Mary Rowlandson.However, the same cannot be said for the movie theLast of the Mohicans.Relentlessness, perseverance, hope, and belief in God for a betterfuture frees Mary Rowlandson. Civilization beats savagery, and theprotagonist gets justice in the most viable way of dealing withconflicts. In theLast of the Mohicans,however, the author does not achieve the objective of bridging theridges surrounding interracial relationship. Magua who thought thatmarrying a white girl would serve as revenge winds up dead. The onlyhope of uniting two races by witnessing the anticipated relationshipbetween Uncas and Cora does not take place either as the two arekilled on the battlefield in the last scene. The audience may end upwondering what happens next in the movie after the termination of thescreenplay. There is an instance of suspense in the movie that leavesso many question marks among the audience because a major part of theauthor’s target remains hanging.
Baym,N., & Levine, R. S. (2012). The Norton anthology of Americanliterature. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Ned,D. (Producer), & Michael, M. (Director). (1992). The Last ofMohicans. United States: Paramount Pictures.