Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative

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As soon as we enter school, we are taught about how amazing our nation is and learn about every wonderful deed we have committed. One may even go as far as to say that being patriotic it is deeply rooted in our DNA. However, as we grow older, we come to understand that our nation is not as perfect as it is made out to be. Leaving us to apologize for our past mistakes, which tends to be a lot. If we find ourselves apologizing so much, than why is it that we believe our nation to be so wonderful? The answer is simple; perspective. Perspective, when one thinks about it, is such a powerful thing. Our perspectives tend to be what sets our views on certain aspects of our life and it becomes quite hard to erase what has been etched in stone in our …show more content…
It also did not help the European’s case when they had other Europeans writing about how cruel their fellow countrymen where. It is understandable why we often side with natives, after all it was the Europeans who invaded their home and made it theirs. However, can we honestly say that the natives were so much better? In Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative, we get to see a unique perspective on the events. Rowlandson’s narrative is different from the other narratives that bash on the natives because Rowlandson was what some would deem innocent, whereas the other narratives come from military men who obviously would describe natives as savages. We get to see for once how the natives in the view of the simple colonist who were not there for war. Rowlandson, who was just a simple minister’s wife, described the natives as “murderous” and “barbarous creatures.” She was held captive by the natives and got to see firsthand how they acted and she was full of hated and fear. She viewed them as monsters and even when they showed an act of kindness to her, she still only saw them as such. We as outsiders can understand why the natives acted in that manner, but she able to throw away Williams’ notion that the natives were courteous and capture sympathy for the colonists by explaining her perspective on the

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