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In the great literary pieces of our time content depth of character development and uniqueness are the driving forces in creating a classic work but in Hollywood sex famous Hollywood names and big money making schemes dictate the development of a project James Fenmore Cooper created the character of Magua as the important antagonist of his novel Last of the Mohicans portraying him as a strong violent cunning yet extremely seasoned and weathered villain Director Michael Manns film version of Coopers novel was in many ways not synonymous with the books story line and presents Magua as a younger stronger and more treacherous character JF Coopers depiction of Magua can best be summed up by the nickname given to the character in the novel Le Renard Subtil or The Sly Fox Magua indeed is sly observant persuasive and above all cunning Cooper writes with characteristic stoicismthere was a sullen fierceness mingled in the quiet savagep 17 Maguas ferocity and calculative nature could be observed in his own physical appearance simply through his quiet sullen and strong sense of presence in the eyes of those around him With this inner strength comes also the presentation that Magua was no longer the warrior he once was Yet his appearance was not all together that of a warriorthere was an air of neglect about his personmight have proceeded from a recent and great exertion which he had not yet found leisure to repairhis eye alone glistened like a fiery star amid lowering clouds p 18 This description given by Cooper leads the reader to believe that Magua is much older more seasoned and more weathered of a human being He projects as a tired warrior who goes against the grain and appears disheveled and exerted yet still with a glint of the former strength power and evil he is capable of Cooper details very little about Maguas past He tells about Maguas great power as
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