Comparing Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative with Jacobs’ Slave Narrative

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Mini-Research Essay i) Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity and A Restoration is a captivity narrative. Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative. While they are considered distinctive genres, they share some characteristics. Look at the excerpts you have from them in your reading. How are they similar? How are they different? Be sure to provide evidence from the texts to support your conclusions. Answer the above questions in a 1,000-1,250-word essay. ii) Prepare this assignment according to the MLA guidelines found in the GCU MLA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. iii) Include three outside sources. These sources may…show more content…
Another example is when Linda moves to Boston, she has mixed feelings of joining the church’s worship ceremony. She asks herself: “should they preach from their text, ‘Proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of prison doors to them that are bound’? (Isaiah 61.1) or will they preach from my text, ‘ Do unto others as ye would they should do unto you’? (Mathew 7.12)” (1827). Linda feels lost and not sure what to do. She asks God to forgive her and relief herself saying: “the scripture says ‘ Oppression makes even a wise man mad’; (Ecclesiasters)” (1827). It looks like Linda was a good believer but she was not sure how to act in such a contradicting world. On the other hand, Rowlandon’s narrative is even richer than Jacob’s with religious tendency and Biblical quotes. Rowlandson’s narrative has Christian references at least once in almost every paragraph. Unlike Jacobs who’s main purpose for her narrative is not religious but to portray the miserable life of slaves, Rowlandson’s purpose of her narrative is basically about Christian believes. She wanted to show that “redemption is both release from captivity and assurance of salvation” (Reagan). Her narrative is full of examples that show her strong believe in God during very tough situations

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