Post Colonial Literary Analysis : A Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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Post-Colonial Literary Analysis
Colonial perception of indigenous people is that of disgust and resentment, similarly, the relationship is also very strained. Colonist did not always know the Natives from first hand experience, but from the experience of others. As a result of the bias and grapevine translation, the indigenous people were widely known for being beastly and savage like. After analyzing various text that give a glimpse into society during the early 1600s, it is interesting to see how the Europeans interpret the same situation with such a discrepancy. Evaluating William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Red Jacket’s “Reply to the Missionary Jacob Cram”, and Mary Rowlandson’s A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson allows the audience to see the divergence in individual’s views of natives. Although the indigenous people made mistakes like any human would, Europeans questioned the true character of the entire Native population. Native Americans were a misunderstood group of people who were generous with their knowledge, unique in culture, and justified in creating hostile tension with the European neighbor. When the first European settlers arrived to the New World great suffering was the greeting. While many died on the voyage to the new land, many more were lost after arriving. Faced with a new environment with strange weather patterns, fertile and non fertile land, and lack of geographical knowledge, European colonies were unstable and…

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