Mary Rowlandson Summary

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“All was gone, my husband children gone, my Relations and Friends gone, our House and home and all our comforts within door, and without, all was gone, (except my life) and I knew not but the next moment that might go too” (Rowlandson 253). Mary Rowlandson was captured by a group of Narragansett Indians on February 10, 1676; she remained with them until her release on May 2, 1676, where she was ransomed for twenty pounds. In those three months, Rowlandson endured a variety of hardships that ultimately took away her identity. She fought laboriously to preserve her autonomy, but in order to survive, she gave into the life of a native. Her choice of going native was brought upon her in times of survival and perseverance when she was fighting to stay alive for her family and her life that she once called her own. She displays her entire captivity in the narrative she wrote after her release from the Indians where she uses typology to describe how God made her go through this trial as a way to show her strength and commitment to Him. At the time, captivity narratives were used as an instrument of colonization, a way to settle among and establish control over the Indians; they were produced mostly by and for European colonists. Rowlandson wrote her captivity story, “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,” as a way to bring about colonization in a community she was otherwise separated from by her loss of identity. In the epigraph
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