Hawkeye has a rational explanation for every decision he makes; even though it pains him to leave his friends’ bodies in the sun to rot, he tells Cora that they could not stop to bury them, because then the Huron would know someone had come along and track and possibly kill them. He does not consider himself “subject to much at all,” least ways English rule, and points out the irrational reasons for engaging in a war that has nothing to do with the trappers and the farmers. He notices that Magua targets Cora, and questions Duncan to find out what reason he might have to want her dead (an insult or a slight of some sort?). He chooses to have them all spend a night in an Indian burial ground, knowing the superstition of their enemies will not allow them to come anywhere near the mounds. Despite his love for Cora, he chooses to leave her and save his life and that of his family, telling her that their powder is too wet to put up a fight, and the only chance for their survival is to leave. He tells her to endure whatever the Indians put her through, to “submit,” and promises to find and rescue her, no matter how long it takes him or how far he must travel. When Duncan sacrifices his life for Cora and Hawkeye, so they can be together, rather than let him suffer, Hawkeye shoots him so he does not burn to death. He easily engages with the environment, using it for refuge and to win skirmishes. He rushes in to rescue Cora and Alice, and protect them from being killed. He stops Duncan from shooting at his father and brother (“in case your aim is any better than your judgment”), and is an excellent sharpshooter. Hawkeye helps get them to the fort without being shot, navigates a dangerous river in an escape attempt, breaks free of his manacles and saves their lives a second time, and then marches into the Huron camp to offer himself in trade for Cora if necessary, enduring abuse on the way. He is quick to snatch up guns, shoot at anything that moves, and to sleep with a woman he has only known for a few days, because he feels drawn to her. He lives as a trapper and spends much of his time in the woods, living off the land. Hawkeye knows there is more to Magua’s intentions than first meets the eye, and occasionally uses intuitive language to communicate with (saying his heart is twisted, and that the death of the “gray hair’s girls” will “anger the English” and prevent trade in the future). Hawkeye has a general sense of goodwill toward others, and a desire to be of some use to them, but does not want to get involved in a war, sees no greater need for him to be responsible for society’s ills, and is not always conscious of how his opinions will be received by others. He employs subtle charm with Cora, but is more often straightforward in how he talks to others (he uses sarcasm to express his disgust at times, and threatens that “one day, [Duncan] and I are going to have a disagreement.” He gets offended when the general refuses to let men go to protect their homes, because it might wind up in the deaths of innocent people all along the river—women and children.

Enneagram: 8w7 sp/sx

Hawkeye is aggressive in confronting people and sharing his opinions, makes decisions from an instinctual sense of what is the right thing to do, and does not shy away from conflict. He does not bend to the authority of the British or call himself subject to much at all; he defies direct orders at the Fort, because he does not see them as including him (since he is not a British subject), and tells his brother and father not to get involved in trying to defend him. He calmly handles the crisis around him and easily protects Cora and Alice. He does not like Duncan and does not bother to hide it, insinuating that they will eventually have a disagreement. He goes to great lengths to protect his friends, is willing to take abuse in the Huron camp without emotionally reacting to the pain, and is willing to be burned to death to save the woman he loves. He manages to remain calm and negotiate for Cora’s life, even when he is surrounded by his enemies, and points out how Magua would hurt the entire tribe through his desire for revenge. He can be combative and assertive, making sure other people know his boundaries and how he has no interest in compromising them. Though good-natured, he can threaten people and show his anger toward them. Hawkeye does not want to settle in one place or necessarily find a wife that would tie him to a normal life. He shows no interest in joining the war effort and is seditious when he winds up in the fort. Hawkeye leaves a serious meeting that calls for them to leave a militia to play a native game instead. He banters and teases people, often being sarcastic and/or amusing them and himself as a barrier between more intimate communication. Hawkeye both insults and tries to charm Cora, teasing her about how his father told him not to try and understand her, since she is “of a different kind, a breed apart.” He can be rebellious and defensive, but also optimistic about his chances in saving Cora and romantic-minded, in his swift attachment to her.