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

838 Words Nov 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Over the years, American Literature has progressed, embracing different themes depending on the issues affecting society at all times. For instance, literature written during the colonial era is way different from the literature that was written during the era of slavery. The inspiration that has guided all writers of different times stems from the issues that affect the American society and even other continents. At the onset of colonialism, the literature written surrounded the events leading up to colonialism, colonialism itself and life after it. When looking at the writers of these different times, it becomes clear that they capitalized on their life experiences to narrate their stories through written literature. This essay will focus on the comparisons of two writers Mrs. Mary Rowlandson and Olaudah Equiano, who belonged to two different eras and comparisons, and similarities will be made to show the evolution of American Literature throughout the 18th century as seen through the main theme.
In the novel A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson that was written by Rowlandson herself, she narrates her experience of her captivity by the native Americans during the reign of King Philips. One cannot fail to see the spirituality and sense of the rightness of purpose in the narrative. The narrative was written during the colonial period when the central theme at the time was the Puritan lifestyle. Mrs. Rowlandson captures that bit of history…

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