Mary Rowlandson And Benjamin Franklin

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The late 1600s to the late 1700s was the nascent stage of colonial America. The first settlers were trying hard to get a foothold in this new land. Religion played the important role. The settlers who had come here were the Puritan Protestant Christian who believed in rigid principles. But soon with time people started to question this version of God, that was preached by the early Puritans. The world was not yet ready for atheism, but it was surely ready to question the scripture and the old philosophy. This gave rise to free thinkers like the Quakers and the Deist. They never disregarded the idea of God but portrayed it in a more modern and light. There believed was more in leading a life of virtue, paying for your own actions as…show more content…
She came to the belief that God was punishing his “own” people. Like a true Puritan, she believed in gods Precedence. And strongly believes that she is being punished for her sins. And everything that happened was Gods will. She gives the credit of the destruction towards her family and friends to God and not to the Indians. She quotes the scriptures to justify her belief. And draws parallels throughout the narrative between her condition and the Bible. As the narrative progresses her idea about the Indians change, at one instance she even calls her Indian master her only friend. She admires them but her attitude toward them remains the same. She perceives them as “Heathen” and an “enemy” till the end. And her heart pains when at the end she realizes that her daughter and some of the Christian’s were buried by “the heathens in the wilderness”. In her captivity, albeit some questions rise in her mind after meeting humans of another religion. But that never changes her Puritan beliefs. She shows many puritan traits throughout the narrative the one strongly being industries she stitches stocking for “peas”, she never fails to make the best use of her situation. But one time she steals from a child because she was in hunger and that is not a very Christian thing to do. There again she quotes scripture defending her actions.
At the end, she goes back to her family and husband and point’s out the sins she has committed before. Her faith
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