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

1100 Words Sep 4th, 2015 5 Pages
All over the globe, the lands of their forefathers have been sacred and important to indigenous peoples. These people have shed blood and skin to war over and protect their sacred lands, and Native Americans are no exception. The Native American clans waged war with each other for years and years, and when European colonists came from Europe, they waged war with them as well. However, they always showed kindness and respect to the Earth and all the animals and creatures that walked upon it. This kindness was even reflected in the way they treated their prisoners, as shown in Mary Rowlandson 's "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson", when their kindness even towards a prisoner causes her prejudices to be replaced with respect, and is detailed even further in Chief Seattle 's speech "Respect", where a Suquamish chief details just how his people feel about the Earth we all live upon. Mrs. Mary Rowlandson 's perspective and opinion of the Wampanoag changes dramatically over the course of her captivity, shifting from extreme fear and accustomed prejudice to a form of respect. When she is first abducted, she would "choose to be killed rather than taken alive" but their dangerous weapons persuade her to become a captive instead of relinquish her life (Rowlandson 82)1. Though before the raid she believes her resolve to be resolute and strong, when push comes to shove, perhaps out of fear for her children 's and her own life, she chooses to go with…

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