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

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Published in 1682, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson or more appropriately titled, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, depicts the brutal and savage ways of the Native Americans as told through Mary Rowlandson, who was a white American women captured by the Natives during King Phillips war. A central theme throughout Rowlandson’s narrative is religion. Throughout she includes direct quotations from the bible and often compares her captivity to events in the bible. This was a very powerful tool she used to get people to read her narrative because of how important religion was to the colonist during that period of time. During the 17th century religion was what instilled values in the colonies and set the guidelines of what it meant to be a good person. Also a common religion is what brought the village together to form somewhat of a brotherhood and those that were not with the common religion were considered outcast. Because the natives were not with the common religion it further promoted the oppression of them. Often considered one of Americans first best sellers, Mary Rowlandson’s story was well known which caused for Americans to fear the Native Americans even more than they already did. During the eleven weeks that she was captured she goes into great detail to show the savage ways of the Native Americans often calling them “inhumane” or “beasts” (38). She often draws connections from her captivity to events that occurred in the bible.…

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