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Last of the Mohicans vsTwain According to Mark Twain Fenimore Cooper broke eighteen of the nineteen rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction when he wrote Deerslayer This accusation does not seem to apply to The Last of the Mohicans The scene describing Duncan David Alice and Coras evening spent with Hawk-eye and the Mohicans in the deserted block-house is a prime example which proves Twain wrong Mark Twain claims that the episodes of Coopers tale do not help develop the story On the contrary this scene is rather important to the story The night at the blockhouse marks the end of the first day the Europeans spend with their native saviors Within this sequence we also learn the meaning of the title Hawk-eye speaks of his companion Chingachgook and you see before you all that are left of his race Cooper 144 hence The Last of the Mohicans Rule number seven that Cooper broke according to Twain says when a personage talks like and illustrated gilt edged tree-calf hand tooled seven dollar Friendships Offering in the beginning of a paragraph he shall not talk like a negro minstrel in the end of it Twain 633 However the dialogue in The Last of the Mohicans seems rather consistent in all characters Take this quote from Alice Nay Duncan deny it not I know you to be a heedless one when self is the object of your care and but too vigilant in favour of others Can we not tarry here a little longer while you find the rest your need Cooper 147 Twain says that rule number seven is persistently violated in the Deerslayer tale Twain 633 But clearly Alice maintains her innocent eloquence throughout the dialogue and so do the other characters in the book The characters in The Last of the Mohicans are well developed Each one of them has traits different from their companions
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