Mixed Racial Perspective in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans

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P.Lumenzeno, Dr. D. Shanmugam


This article demonstrates racial hybridity. The novel The Last of the Mohicans depicts racist stereotypes, but sometimes with more complexity. Sociological perspective on race prevailed all over America at the beginning of the 19th century. Cora is a leading female character in this novel. She is born to a White father and a Black mother. First, Cora is born of mixed-race. In earlier days, slavery has prevailed in America. So Americans thought that how could a mixed-race girl live in a higher society. This was the problem faced by her: Mauga, a White man, the antagonist of this novel, mentally torchers her to avenge her father. Unfortunately, at the end of the novel, she is dead owing to interracial mingling with Uncas. This paper portraits how she suffers due to a mixed race. The racism towards mixed-race people is very strongly portrayed. White people think that a person born of mixed race is a freak of nature. They also think that a person born in a mixed-race is a violation of nature. This article consists of the impact of mixed racial identity on people and how they are treated in society, and how they overcome it.

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