Discuss the father-daughter relationship of Munro and his daughters?

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Relationships gain special importance in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans, be it the “father-son” relationship of Chingachgook and Uncas, the interracial friendship of Hawkeye and Chingachgook, or the father-daughter relationship of Colonel Munro and his two daughters- Cora Munro and Alice Munro. As we see, the novel begins with Munro’s daughters trying to meet him.

Unlike other relationships, this one is simple and predictable. Munro loves both his daughters immensely like any other father would do. We see his love and care for his daughters the most when Magua kidnaps them.

We also come to know that his daughters are not from the same wife. His elder daughter, Cora, is from his first wife who was Black. His younger daughter- Alice, however, is from his second wife, who was of a Scottish origin. Cora has a dark complexion and raven hairs. Alice is fair and blue-eyed. But Munro loves both of them equally. We notice that Munro gets upset and accuses Heyward of racial discrimination when he selects Alice over Cora.

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