The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure - massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.
The French and Indian War adventures of Hawk-eye, a reclusive white woodsman, and his Indian friend, Chingachgook, have contributed much to the frontier mythos. The story of two men who are at odds with their own people, but reluctantly agree to guide two sisters through hostile Indian country, has found an enduring place in the literary and cultural history of America.