Captivity Narrative Analysis

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Captivity Narrative A Captivity Narrative is unlike any other narrative, here people, mainly women are under captivity by something that will harm them physically or mentally, and they are waiting for God’s grace to save them. While going through those experiences of suffering there is a certain theme or outline that writers will follow. For example, we have to captive writers Mary White Rowlandson with, “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Ms. Mary Rowlandson”, and John Williams’s, “The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion”. Their Stories reflect upon a certain outline they begin with comfort and piece. Everything around them is well. Then you have the separation piece, this part is where the writer was attacked and captured, removing …show more content…
Finally, there is the redemption one either returns to the place where their peace lies by being released or escaping from their capture, and they begins to spread their tale and help others learn from this personal experience. Both Rowlandson and Williams express the ideals of a Captivity Narrative perfectly, explaining and clearly formatting the story like the outline is supposed to be written. They include a lot of information that clearly structures their struggles and reformations. As it is said a Captivity Narrative clearly states the struggles that a person goes through and awaits God’s grace to be liberated. Both narrators focus on showing the reader the struggles they went through and make it their mission to bring forth their experience so that we may vividly see, and know what made them change in the end. In Rowlandson’s’ narrative there is a clear function providing information on how a life can go form calm although there isn’t much talked about being calm, to chaotic, “We had six stout Dogs belonging to our Garrison, but none of them would stir, though …show more content…
Entertaining people can be difficult but when writing author will go for the details that draw a reader in, as for captivity narratives, a reader wants to know what made this person change and what did the change, or outcome bring into the lives of those that it may have affected. Rowlandson and Williams both express their feeling and have great detail that keeps a reader focused, and engaged as well as connected to the story. Apart from keeping the audience entertained their goal, or purpose is to encourage them, or Puritans to repent. “It was but the other day that if I had had the world, I would have given it for my freedom, or to have been a Servant to a Christian. I have learned to look beyond present and smaller troubles, and to be quieted under them, as Moses said, Exod. 14.13. Stand still and see the salvation of the lord” (514), Rowlandson is basically stating that she learned to value more in the days that she was captive, and because of that captivity she views the world with less vanity and appreciates and doesn’t take advantage of the little things. As for Williams, “We have reason to bless God who has

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