Mary Rowlandson's Captive Experience

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Lan Tao
History 020 Section 002
Professor Beilein
February 12, 2015
The Importance of Religion in Rowlandson’s Captive Experience
In The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Mary Rowlandson narrates her experiences when she was captured as an Indian captive. Rowlandson was captured about 11 weeks and experienced twenty removes during the King Philips War. She depicts the cultural differences between English and Indians, and the importance of gender and religion during her captivity experience. As a Puritan, Rowlandson believes that God is always with her so that she can survive at last. To her, the captive experience is like her fate and a training from God which Rowlandson must endure. She got conform and support from the Bible which an Indian …show more content…

The captive life was too cruel and painful to Rowlandson. However, she did not give up her life. Instead, Rowlandson believed that God was always with her. In her statement, it is not my tongue, or pen can express the sorrows of my heart, and bitterness of my spirit, that I had at this departure; but God was with me, in a wonderful manner, carrying me along, and bearing up my spirit, that it did not quite fail . Although it was hard and bitter for Rowlandson to live under this circumstance, God encouraged her spirit and gave her support to survive. God definitely provided Rowlandson the belief to live instead of giving up. As a Puritan, Rowlandson believed that God had great powerful to punish people or grace people and held every person’s fate. Therefore, Rowlandson expressed the importance of Puritan faith in her …show more content…

She carried the Bible and read it everyday. Now, from experiencing the captive by Indians, Rowlandson felt and saw the power of God and definitely believed that God was always there. She said that we must rely on God himself, and our whole dependence must upon him . I have learned to look beyond present and smaller troubles, and to quieted under them, as Moses said, Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord . To Rowlandson, she thought that affliction was a trial by God to test them who were the son of God. As a Puritan, the captive experience intensified Rowlandson’s belief and faith to God. Now, she was more rely on God. The affliction proved that God concerned every person and held every person’s

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