Mary Rowlandson Captivity

In the narrative, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, the author Mary Rowlandson, was captured by Indians as known as “barbarous creatures (259). Mary Rowlandson had to witness half of her family be murdered and be separated from her children without any acknowledgement where they could be. During her journey with the Indians, she started to lose hope especially when her one of her children dies, but she knew she could not show too much fear in front of her master and his wife. With not knowing where her other children’s destinations or could eat, she turned to the Bible for encouragement and a backbone of her strength. Throughout the weeks, she found out her son, Joseph, was alive, but she was hesitated to …show more content…
Rowlandson could find her strength and grew a backbone to live through the hardship. For weeks in the beginning of her journey, she was about to give up until she gets a Bible from an Indian. Mrs. Rowlandson used the Bible for healing and food for the brain as she went days without anything to eat. There were days she did not get food or was not able to convince anyone for food, she would have faint spell until she read the scripture in Psalms 27.13, “I had fainted, unless I believe, etc.” (261). The bible verse states about how someone needs to faint, but since they believe in God’s word, they will be okay even during the bad days. During the eleven weeks of captivity, the Bible verses Rowlandson cited in her narrative helped explain that each event that occurred was foreshadowed in the Bible, so she could always look back and understand why it happened. When she felt pain from her wound, she used the oaken tree to heal the wound. Mrs. Rowlandson referred to the Bible verse in Psalms 38.8-15 to explain how she tried to tolerate the pain until God blessed her with a way to quick healing. As an Indian gave her the Bible, she turned to Deuteronomy to learn a valuable lesson. The lesson was she has no mercy instead her enemies will soon reap what they sow, so she does not have to get revenge. The Indians, who captured her and ruined the town, will be punished, but on God’s time. Even the Englishmen could have saved …show more content…
Just before Rowlandson was about to give up, she received the best gift someone can ever get: The Bible. She used the Bible to found her strength and backbone to conquer this test that God gave her. During the eleven-week period, she learned more about the Indians and how strong she really was. The journey could have been a special test for each person, but only a few people realized it. Mrs. Rowlandson used the Bible in a text to provide security and a positive way to explain even though she went through bad times, she could live through it. The Indian wanted Rowlandson to have a security blanket, so she would not give up easily unlike some people. Each bible represented an event during Rowlandson’s journey and how she was able conquer the hardships. Everyone goes through bad times, but only the strongest survive through

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