Cabeza De Vaca And Mary Rowlandson Essay
Indians beliefs and culture. Much of the differences in their accounts can be attributed to the circumstance of their experiences and purpose of their narratives.
Comparing Cabeza de Vaca’s and Mary Rowlandson’s situation makes one realize they have very different backgrounds. Cabeza de Vaca was an explorer who lived as a captive among various native Indian tribes for many years before escaping to Spanish settlements in Mexico.
While Cabeza de Vaca wandered lost and miserable from tribe to tribe in search of his fellow
Spaniards, he witnessed the customs and struggles of Indian life. Cabeza de Vaca opened his narrative, The Malhado Way of Life, with an open-minded description of the native Indians appearance as having pierced nipples and lower lip with bows and arrows for weapons. He also described the Indians as people who love their offspring and treat them softly (De Cava 30).
Rowlandson lived in the comfort of her home with her husband and children. Food and clothes were readily available along with the comforts of life. In Mary Rowlandson’s A Narrative of the
Captivity and restoration, she described the Indians attack her town of Lancaster, Massachusetts
1665. She lost her home, family, and was taken into captivity by the Indians. At the beginning of her captivity, she referred to the Indians as "Ravenous beast" (Rowlandson 129). During the attack she described her fellow Christians as,