The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives

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A Clash of Cultures Mary Rowlandson's “The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives” shows two different sides of the Indian people. This narrative describes Rowlandson's experience as a captive of an Indian tribe that raided the town of Lancaster in 1676. Following her capture Rowlandson is treated no better than an animal, and has no type of freedom what so ever. Even so, after living with the Indians for some time, they start to treat her more like a person by trading and giving her time to see her family. Neither the whites or Indians are completely at fault for the death of so many people, it is the clash of two completely different cultures. Although after learning a little bit about each others …show more content…
Rowlandson was completely shocked by this kind deed and did not know what to make of it (65-66). Shortly after this event, the Indians realize that she can be an asset to them instead of a burden. Because of her skill in making clothing, the Indians begin to trade food and other small items for her services. King Phillip even trades “good news” for a bunch of items from Rowlandson (83). As she gains more trust with the Indians she is granted leave to go visit her family by herself. The change in the attitude of the Indians towards the captives was dramatic nearing their release, showing that they were not just ruthless killers but also human. The large amount of killings done by both Indians and whites were not because either one was “evil,” but because there was a huge difference in culture. When two completely different cultures like that are suddenly combined, there is going to be a lot of confusion and in this case blood shed. The cultures initially didn't know how to react to each other so became hostile. Because of this constant hostility, neither culture was able to learn about the other. This learning was only accomplished by the people who were captured by the other side such as Rowlandson. Near the end of her captivity, Rowlandson begins to warm up to the Indians a little
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