What are three characteristics of American Romanticism in the film The Last of the Mohicans?

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The Last of the Mohicans is part of a very popular series of novels written by James Fenimore Cooper. YThese novels have several features characteristic of American Romanticism.

The most obvious characteristic is the treatment of Native Americans. They are portrayed either as barbaric or noble savages, with both portraits being equally stereotyped. The Noble Savage is a standard Romantic trope, in which distance of a culture from western civilization is identified with a form of instinctive nobility and closeness to nature.

The extended description of wilderness and intense emotion reaction to untamed nature are typical or romanticism.

Finally, the heroines, who in spite of all probability, remain beautiful and virginal through many dire perils is another feature typical of romanticism – and romance literature.

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