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

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Writing to persuade has been in practice since the beginning of the written word. However, the topic on which the author of such a piece of literature means to influence the reader on has changed depends on what is happening in the world in which they live in. In the instance of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, she was writing in a time when Native Americans were attempting to push out the English settlements in New England, an excursion that historians appointed as King Phillip’s War. Rowlandson, being a citizen of such English outposts, more expressly, predominantly Puritan colonies, would likely include aspects that would appeal to Puritan beliefs when she wrote with the intent to bring others into her way of thinking. In her publication, The…show more content…
To further her point of Native brutality, Rowlandson called upon an instance in which the Natives killed a pregnant woman and her two year old child. After which, they burned the bodies in a fire and threatened the others watching that they would “serve them in like manner” if they attempted to run away (353). She used this example as a way to further the image she was creating in the reader’s mind; one of a heartless Native that kills pregnant women and children without any regret. All of these tangents that were told in her book illustrated the same conclusion that the readers of this book would make- Native Americans are cruel, brutal creatures that should be feared. This point would definitely scare a young teenager from running away from their colony and joining a Native American tribe. Mrs. Rowlandson continued her crusade to paint Native Americans as horrible beings in her accounts of how they were not “real” Christians, even if they had converted. It is crucial to consider that the Puritans were not focused on converting the Natives surrounding them to Christianity, so this point was most likely not meant to say that the Native were not worthy of being Christian, but to show that they considered themselves Christians, but did not act as a respectable Puritan Christian
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