Indian Captivity Narrative Analysis

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In Indian Captivity Narratives, typically a white woman, who is of European descent, is kidnapped and held captive by American Indians who consider her to be uncivilized and of the wrong beliefs. These narratives, which typically are autobiographical, capture the interest of readers and create reactions of shock, empathy, and inspiration. Narratives as such anticipate popular fiction, especially romance, and prefigure gothic literature with the “depictions of Indian as dark, hellish, cunning, and unpredictable” (Campbell, 2015). One of the more popular captivity narratives was based on Mary White Rowlandson and her eleven-week captivity. Mary White, later known as Mary White Rowlandson, was born in 1637 in Somerset, England. Her father, John …show more content…
When the couple was reunited again, they were distraught over the death of their daughter, Sarah, and uncertainty if their other two children would every return home. Soon after the release of Mary, the Rowlandson children were released as well. Joseph Rowlandson could pay seven pounds to ransom for Joseph and able to have Mary for free. After the family was reunited, they lived in Boston while Mary fought off many diseases. Throughout her distress, she remained faithful to God and prayed to become healthy again. In 1677, the Rowlandson’s family decided to move to Wethersfield, Connecticut where Joseph soon became a pastor. He died a year later in November 1678. After his death, Mary and her children moved back to Boston. Here, she is thought to have written her captivity narrative. It was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1682 (Mary Rowlandson, 2017). At one time, scholars believed that Mary Rowlandson had died before her narrative was published, but she lived for many more years (The Editors, 2014). On August 6th, 1679, she remarried a man by the name of Captain Samuel Talcott and had taken his last name. She eventually died on January 5th, 1711.
Her book was written to retell the details of Mary Rowlandson's captivity and rescue in the context of religious faith. The book was originally titled The Soveraignty & Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed; Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Commended by her to all that Desire to Know the Lord's Doings to, and Dealings with Her. Especially to her Dear Children and Relations (Lewis,

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