The Last of the Mohicans

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Numerous characters in the novel, though in not so obvious a manner, also find themselves existing between divided worlds, with one foot in each. Cora, for her part, is descended partly from West Indian parentage, and Munro, her father, attributes her courage and “fiery” personality to this. Heyward and Uncas become friends once Uncas saves Heyward’s life from Magua’s attack, early in the novel. Their friendship spans the distinctions between their two cultures. And, at the end of the novel, all members of the band participate in the joint funeral of Uncas and Cora, showing that the two cultures, between which Hawkeye claims to live, have actually grown closer together throughout the course of the narrative.
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“Kildeer” Symbol Timeline in The Last of the Mohicans

The timeline below shows where the symbol “Kildeer” appears in The Last of the Mohicans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
“Savagery,” Civilization, and the Frontier Theme Icon
Escape, Pursuit, and Rescue Theme Icon
The Natural World Theme Icon
Loyalty and Treachery Theme Icon
...and Hawkeye, after taking a moment to level his long rifle, which he calls the Kildeer, hits the Mingo and nearly knocks him off the branch. The Mingo struggles to maintain... (full context)
Chapter 29
“Savagery,” Civilization, and the Frontier Theme Icon
Escape, Pursuit, and Rescue Theme Icon
The Natural World Theme Icon
Loyalty and Treachery Theme Icon
...who have assembled—the younger warriors—ask which of the prisoners is “La Longue Carabine,” owner of Kildeer, and both Heyward and Hawkeye say that they are; Heyward, worried about what the Delawares... (full context)
Chapter 32
“Savagery,” Civilization, and the Frontier Theme Icon
Escape, Pursuit, and Rescue Theme Icon
Gender Roles and Gender Expectations Theme Icon
The Natural World Theme Icon
Loyalty and Treachery Theme Icon
...to ledge on the cliff on the far side of the hill. Hawkeye aims his Kildeer and, with Magua hanging onto a ledge, trying to escape, shoots Magua, knocking him off... (full context)