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Stereotypes and Stereotyping of Native Americans at The Last of the Mohicans

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The Last of the Mohicans and Stereotyped Native Americans [1] Native Americans were a part of the nation long before their founding forefathers. They were the people that Christopher Columbus discovered inhabiting this land. There is even evidence to demonstrate they've been on the American continents for thousands and even tens of centuries. However, somehow the European powers dominated these people, forcing them out of their land to make it "ours" From the early part of the millennium, a new business began to develop; we call it the movie industry. Alongside the industry came movies which were made and are still made for the entertainment of a mass audience. Some flaws did come with this industry, and one of them was the depiction of Native Americans. "Anonymity is a feature of this Indian portrayed in filmmany don't have names or talking components" (Bataille and Hicks 10). Native Americans often speak with a broken dialect or "baby" English. They are not able to completely comprehend or express complete thoughts in the English language. This makes them look to the audience as a lesser character. The second job of Native Americans in film is that of a sidekick or crony of some white hero, like Tonto in The Lone Ranger (1938). In these films "The Native American The Native American was placed into one of the following four roles: the initial isthe comedic Indian, the jester of this frontier court. This Indian talked in easy is obviously secondary in importance" and was not the hero (Crowdus 297). The two most significant roles of the Native American would be the bloodthirsty savages and their counterparts the "noble" savages. [2] Both of these opposite characteristics were adopted by the "pictures and stereotypes wh...

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