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A Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration

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Held Captive, but not in Spirit Puritans take their relationship with God seriously, see him as good, and rely on the Bible for guidance by reading it diligently. They look for ways that the Bible resembles their own real life situations and try to carry on similar as they did. This is called typology and is reoccurring theme in the narrative, “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration,” written by Mary Rowlandson. Rowlandson was taken captive by Indians in 1675, she documented those eleven weeks in this narrative (Rowlandson ,256). It is a tragic tale that starts with seeing her family and friends drowning in their own blood, all the while seeing her old life go up in smoke. Mary is a fine example of puritan faith who never gave up hope. In Mary Rowlandson’s narrative she demonstrates her puritan faith through typology and relying fully on God’s providence to revive her spirit daily. Mary having only the cloths on her back, a sick baby, and a moldy cake in her pocket could only rely on God’s providence to keep her and give her favor. She was wounded when taken captive, but God sent her someone to help her and give her medicine to apply to her wound. “Then I took oaken leaves and laid to my side, and with the blessing of God it healed me also,” (Rowlandson, 261). We may not consider these to be big blessings, but to Mary being in such a desolate state that they became her bread and butter. After the death of her baby and being of low spirits, Mary asked God for a
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