Study Guide

Last of the Mohicans Prejudice

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When we're talking about prejudice, we're talking about the prejudice that exists within the confines of The Last of the Mohicans.

The world of this novel is about as far from "It's a Small World After All" as possible. No one is getting along: the English hate the French; the French hate the English; the white men think the Native Americans are "savage" (gross); and the Native Americans are pretty livid with the white dudes for a) storming into North America like they own the place and b) messing with tribal factions. Oh, and different Native American tribes hate each other.

Basically the only thing that everyone can agree on is that upstate New York is super-pretty.

Questions About Prejudice

  1. What prejudices exist in the novel?
  2. What is the impact of prejudice, if any, on relationships within the novel?
  3. Who is the least prejudicial character in the novel, and why?
  4. Why is Hawkeye so proud of being pure white?

Chew on This

Prejudice in The Last of the Mohicans is presented as a reasonable and irrevocable fact of life.

Prejudice in The Last of the Mohicans is presented as the most destructive force in humanity.

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