The Last of the Mohicans is a story filled with action, adventure, and romance. The story is set in the American wilderness during the time of The French and Indian war. This novel, written by James Fenimore Cooper in 1826, has been made into two movies since its publishing. I personally enjoyed the movie (2nd movie made) better just because its story line is shorter and more gripping than the terribly long novel. There were also quite a few differences between the movie and the book.
[Movie plot] The story begins with Cora and Alice, the daughters of the British Colonel Munro, being taken by Major Duncan Heyward to visit their father at Fort William Henry. They use the services of Indian scout Magua, who is a Huron in the service of the French, he attacks the English in hopes of capturing Munro's daughters to fulfill his vendetta against the Colonel. Hawkeye (the main character), Uncas (Hawkeye's adopted brother), and Chingachgook (Hawkeye's adopted father) rescues the girls and Heyward. Following this through the story is a series of fights and skirmishes. All this ending with a final battle with the death of one of the daughters and Uncas. Chingachgook then kills Magua as Hawkeye deals with the Huron war party accompanying Magua. The story ends with Hawkeye and Cora standing with Chingachgook, the last of the Mohicans, as he stares into the sunset.
The First major difference between the book and the movie is the fact that the novel has so much more depth and details that cannot be put in a movie. The book has much more details about the Mohican tribe as well as the characters. For instance, in the Movie, the names of Uncas and Chingachgook are not mentioned. The book gives history on the Indian characters. This difference however is something that is unavoidable by the moviemakers.
The second big difference is Magua's plan for his vendetta against Colonel Munro. This may seem meager to someone who has not read the book.