The Narrative Of The Captivity And Restoration Of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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Discussing the proper criteria necessary for a literary work to meet the requirements of a captivity narrative, Mary Rowlandson’s memoir, “The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson”, accurately reflects the respective formatting by which a subject is taken captive, describes the treatment and conditions of their stay, and dictates their hope of being rescued by means of divine intervention. Whilst Rowlandson’s narrative follows the correct standards of a captivity narrative throughout the time given with each “remove”, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African”, written by Olaudah Equiano, can also be considered as a captivity narrative, with the exception of…show more content…
Here, they tied our hands, and continued to carry us as far as they could… (Equiano 735)
Within this passage, Equiano’s narrative demonstrates an abrupt encounter with a figure of harmful energy succeeding a time of tranquility within the community. In comparison to Mary Rowlandson’s experience of being taken as an object of collateral, her narration of the attack is marinated in violence and hostility. Rowlandson recalls being trapped in her home, witnessing the unleashing of a multitude of bullets sent toward her family, and proceeded to end the lives of her family without mercy. While Rowlandson also suffered the violence of a fiery war scene, both authors’ descriptions of their “taking” depict that of an immediate encounter with danger and the inability to resist the horror of forceful removal, as these are examples of methods by which captivity narratives are typically introduced to the reader (Campbell, Early American Captivity Narratives). A captivity narrative also features the subject’s strong desire to escape for freedom, yet struggles to execute a plan due to the suffering of newly-introduced oppression by their traffickers; “I therefore
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