A Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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The Puritans were not shy people when it came to their faith, and it was evident in their literary work. Whenever you read Puritan literature you can’t help but notice that God played a heavy role in their lives. This role however, did change according the different life experiences for each author. There was Jonathan Edward who portrayed a powerful God full of wrath, in his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” during the Great Awaking. Then there was Edward Taylor who portrayed a loving God in his poem “Meditation 8 (First Series),” while Mary Rowlandson portrayed a merciful God in her story “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” The role of God is evident in each of their text, yet we are given three different interpretations of the role God played in the Puritan lives. Jonathan Edward portrays to us a God who is full of a fierce fury and who is, at …show more content…
Mary Rowlandson,” she talks about when she was taken captive by the native Indians and delivered by the mercy of God. She first spoke of God mercy when she was given a bible, calming that it was His mercy that she was able to received it. When she read the book of Deuteronomy she first thought that God was punishing her for her past sins. Only to realize a few lines later that God mercy can always be attained if you repent of your sins (263.) Rowlandson illustrates God role as being a merciful God, yet His mercy is conditional on your repentance of sins. This interpretation of God role is similar to Edward Taylor interpretation in that both depict a God with conditional roles. Rowlandson depicts God mercy as being only receivable to the repenting sinners, while Taylor depicts God love only for those that eat of His eternal loaf of life. The same could be said about Jonathan Edward illustration of God. He makes it clear that God shows no mercy nor love to the sinners of the earth only His

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