The Last Of The Mohicans Metaphor Analysis

The word metaphor involves a phrase or a word used as a figure of speech. Metaphors are often used to describe an action or an object. These actions or objects do not have to be applicable in the literal sense. They are often applicable in a symbolic sense. Metaphors may also be used to represent something else or a symbol in order to get readers to think about what they are reading.

If you are intending on reading The Last Of The Mohicans it is a good idea to be aware that there are several metaphors used in this book. Sometimes metaphors can be difficult to spot so in this article we will explore what some of these metaphors are and will endeavor to analyze them for you. We hope you find them helpful and motivate you to read the book.

One of the main metaphors in this book is its description of the wilderness. You will find this particular metaphor in the very first page of the book. It goes like this: “there are many dangers and toils in the wilderness”. Why is this so? Because there are times where the characters in the book will need to experience some difficult times. They will need to go through mountains, forests, and rapids which are all in the wilderness. They will have to experience these difficulties together.

The next couple of metaphors that we come across is: “It would appear that the foot of man had never walked. Everything that was deep and breathing was completely silent in its location”. “There are no objects whatsoever that would not truly belong to the beautiful and peaceful scenery”. These metaphors tell us that the wilderness is perfect. Only God could create something like this. Not man.

“Headstrong man” is another metaphor that is used. This particular metaphor describes a man who may act as though he is willful. But only until God becomes involved with his life. Then he becomes a completely different person.
Readers may also note a metaphor to do with the water. This will be described as: “flowing on in a steady manner towards the ocean, as was foreordained from the beginning of the earth”. This tells us that nature is compared in a metaphorically way as to how human beings live. The water that is flowing towards the ocean is similar to the way of man. It takes it’s time getting into the ocean that only God could create.

Chingachgook can also be read as a metaphor. He is symbolizing not only a double threat but a triple threat. In fact, he is found to be representing the full tribe. Readers will discover that he represents the death of the tribe. What tribe you ask? The tribe called: The Good Indian tribe. He is seen to be involved with all of the nasty things that the Native American people had to experience from the European colonists.

These are just a few of the metaphors that can be found in this amazing book. Why not have a read of it yourself and see how many metaphors you can spot. You may be surprised at just how many you find and what you will learn from them.

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