When comparing Mary Rowlandson with Jonathan Edwards they both have an understanding of who Jesus Christ is, but differ on their views on how to live their earthly lives. I would have to say that Rowlandson faith showed a raw and relevant relationship with God. While she was being held in captivity by the American Indians, she was able to find comfort in her faith, Mary is able to pull memorized verses from out from her head to bring her peace, which to me showed that she knows and understands the Bible and God. She was also given a Bible from one of the Indians, which helped her tremendously as she experienced a terrifying part of her life. On page 53, the last page of Mary’s bibliography happened to be my favorite part of her journey.
Rowlandson is a Puritan. She says in the first few days of her capture that God was punishing her because she stopped practicing parts of her religion. “I then remembered how careless I had been of God's holy time; how many Sabbaths I had lost and misspent, and how evilly I had walked in God's sight; … that it was easy for me to see how righteous it was with God to cut off the thread of my life and cast me out of His presence forever (third remove).” Mary realizes that although God is punishing her, he also has forgiven her because he allowed her to live while many others died. He is giving her a chance to repent, which is a
Although she is quick to accept the events, it is merely because of her conviction that God allowed it to test Rowlandson’s perseverance. A lack of sympathy is shown in a few interactions with her captors, as Rowlandson remembers how an Indian “had brought some plunder, came to me, and asked me, if I would have a Bible, he had got one in his basket. I was glad of it […] so I took the Bible” (4), a much-appreciated gift. Upon returning from pillaging another English town, an Indian offers Mary Rowlandson a “gift” of a Bible, which he had stolen from a dead English townsperson. The use of the word “plunder” connotes the violent force used in obtaining the Bible, and works to enhance the situational irony of Rowlandson’s neglect of the fact that Indians murdered innocent people in order for her to receive her “gift.” Rowlandson’s Calvinist views, in this case having her believe God brought the Bible to her, outweighed any sympathy she may have once harbored for an anonymous English person. The intended demographic of reader undoubtedly would have agreed to place their God above any human person, no matter the circumstances. Furthermore, this idea presents itself when Rowlandson attempts to convince Goodwife Joslin, a pregnant captive who was becoming impatient and wanted to go home, not to run away, as she remembers, “I wished her not to run away by any means […] We opened the Bible and
Even with the nightmares happening around her, Rowlandson is able to avoid the horrific fates others undergo by staying focused on her religion and God’s work. She describes an encounter with a fellow captive, saying that one poor woman “came to a sad end, as some of the company told me in my travel: She having much grief upon her Spirit, about her miserable condition, being so near her time, she would be often asking the Indians to let her go home” (77). Ultimately, the Indians, being annoyed by her constant begging and pleas, decide to burn both this woman and her small child alive. However, unlike that unlucky woman, Rowlandson survives because, instead of pleading to her captors, she takes her pleas to God and turns toward her religion, which keeps her mind healthy and positive throughout her tribulations. She is mentally tough due to her focus on positive religious messages, making her able to handle her situation well and ultimately leading to her survival.
In her writing titled “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson”, Mary lies out for the reader her experience of being held in captivity by Indians during the King Philip’s War. Perhaps one of the most significant aspects of this writing is the glimpse that the reader gets into Rowlandson’s faith and religion. Faith was a major aspect of life in the Colonial Period. It was of widespread belief that God was to be feared, and that he was the only way to redemption (Kizer). Mary Rowlandson was no different, but the extreme conditions of her captivity caused her faith to occasionally waiver. Most of the time throughout her journey in captivity, she depended on God, and the
In 1682, Mary Rowlandson published her captivity narrative, the most famous in early American Literature. Mary Rowlandson 's captivity greatly substantiated her religious beliefs in God. Her major strategy for survival during her eleven week captivity consisted of beliefs that God had a plan for everything, and would protect her through all obstacles. In times of doubt, she would turn to her Bible and rejoice that god was looking out for her. She believed that if she waited out her time, and allowed for God to do what He intended, she would eventually go back to living a normal life, and would not be held in captivity forever. With this strategy Mary Rowlandson is able to remain calm through many
Rowlandson’s account of her captivity is shaped through her Puritan background and perspective. Her knowledge of the Bible, historical references, and current events influence her views on Native Americans. She perceives her experience during captivity as punishment, a trial that she must persevere with faith to both God and the Bible, for her wrongdoings. Rowlandson thought she deserved her unfortunate turn of events, but that by holding on to her Puritan faith during the encounter with her captors she could somehow survive and represent herself as a genuine Christian lady. Only then would she be fit for Puritan society. Rowlandson’s desire to keep hold of her status in society is evident in her writing. Because of this, her account is a biased and not entirely accurate one.
“A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” by Mary Rowlandson is a short history about her personal experience in captivity among the Wampanoag Indian tribe. On the one hand, Mary Rowlandson endures many hardships and derogatory encounters. However, she manages to show her superior status to everyone around her. She clearly shows how her time spent under captivity frequently correlates with the lessons taught in the Bible. Even though, the colonists possibly murdered their chief, overtook their land, and tried to starve the Native Americans by burning down their corn, which was their main source of food, she displays them as demonizing savages carrying out the devil's plan. There are many struggles shown
The book “A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” is set in a time where the English in Colonial America and the Indians were constantly at conflict. In the year 1675, the Indians besieged the English city of Lancaster (Rowlandson 4). The Indians captured and killed the inhabitants of that city. Rowlandson was one of the few people who were captured instead of killed. She had to fight through to survive the harsh captivity of the Indians, even though she had lost everything.
On February 10, 1676 a dreadful event hit the settlers of Lancaster. The Narragansett Indians attacked and killed countless people and destroyed several houses. One of the men they killed begged for his life and even offered them money. The Indians didn’t pay any attention to him and hit him on the head with a hatchet, then proceeded to strip him of his clothes. Throughout this account Mary Rowlandson show an amazing trust and reliance in God.
When Mary Rowlandson, was capture she was injured by the Indian. Although she survive that wound but her daughter die. The Indians were so brutal “Barbarous creature, with our bodies wounded and bleeding, and our hearts no less than our bodies” (259). In this case Rowlandson was in pain for the loss at the same was badly treated by the Indians. Another heroic incident is when the Indians attack a small village during
Accordingly, the narrative contains both literal and symbolic dimensions. Before the attack on her village and her capture by the Native Americans, She lived a blissful and pleasurable life with her family. She had a nice home, comfortable furnishing, and ate the best of foods. Although Rowlandson’s husband was a minister and she was a Christian, she did not feel she lived her life as devoted or committed, as she should be; she could have prayed more or been more devoted
Throughout Mary Rowlandson's account of being captured by Native Americans, she mentions her family frequently; however, she hardly mentions them by name or talks about what they were like. This immediately creates a feeling of distance in the reader's mind, because it could suggest many things about what her family was like before they got separated. She also shows us what looks to be a great deal of distance between her and her youngest daughter Sarah who died in her arms. When Rowlandson first mentions her youngest daughter she calls her a "poor wounded babe" (130) which suggests that there is a distance between the two. However, this may not be the way that the events actually happened because she wrote the narrative six years after she was reunited with her family. This opens up the idea that this may also have been a way for her to cope with losing a child in her arms. It could also show that she may have not been the only person to write the narrative. These two ideas work together because if Rowlandson does not have to write all of the painful parts, she would not have had to relive the guilt or sorrow. Mary Rowlandson makes the reader think she is distant from her family because she uses it as a way to cope with the pain of being separated from them, and to show the Puritans that being close to god will help you with any pain.
RELIGIOUS ASPECT OF PURITANISM In Mrs. Mary Rowlandson’s Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, religious aspects of puritanism are evident in a number of instances throughout the narrative. Puritanism in this case refers to the strong beliefs that are evident in the narration pertaining to religion. The narrator, Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, has strong religious beliefs.
Rowlandson is a puritan, which plays a central role in her life. When being confronted with a tragic Indian attack, Rowlandson questions her assessment of herself, but turns to the bible within her struggles casting herself alternately as Job, whose suffering is a test of his faith. “as he wounded me with one hand, so he healed me with the other.” (3).