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         All of the authors we have conversed about in class and studied about at home are connected in at least one way, if not many more. For example, Anne Bradstreet, Jonathan Edwards, Michael Wigglesworth and John Winthrop all write about God and the way we should all act and the simple fact that we all need to be Christians and so must the Indians who occupy their lives. Where as these authors are writers of the Heavenly Father, the authors that I wish to write about, though they

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    Captivity narratives began with the settlement of North America and continued as a significant genre in American literature until the end of the nineteenth century. The first captivity narratives are believed to have been created by Native Americans who were captured by early Spanish explorers. However, the genre commonly refers to the accounts written by European settlers who were abducted by Native Americans. European settlers were fleeing to the “new land” in order to escape religious persecutions

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    In Captivity and Conversion, Hilary E. Wyss challenges the traditional Indian-American models of captivity and conversion narratives, by which historical accounts represent Native Americans. She raises the question “What makes a story Native American?” Wyss argues that these narrative models are not an accurate universal representation of Native Americans. Essentially, Euro-Americans filtered Native American history, according to their bred expectations, to share Native American history through the

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    A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Rowlanson's Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration plays a significant role in the English-Indian era. Moreover, it is arguably the top famous eleven-week captivity which grew to the leader among the most popular literary genres. This narrative is based on the first person perspective linked to Rowlandson's views of Indian era. The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration involves conditions of capacity before and after the

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    The narrative titled, “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,” written by Mary Rowlandson is closely related to the narrative titled, “The interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavvas Vassa”, written by Olaudah Equaiano. Both narratives talk about captivity, the struggles of being held a prisoner, and the everyday emotions that each character goes through. Each of the narratives dives into the theme of Self vs. Other; however, each one takes a

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    When looking at captivity narratives there is many different characteristics that can show if the document is reliable outside of any bias the author brought or that was inherent in the culture of that period. Defining a captivity narrative is a difficult job for many reasons. The chief reason is that since there are so many written concerning Indian captivity, it becomes necessary to have a category list or a type of checklist that could be used to look at the validity of a narrative as well as showcasing

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    Captivity narratives are so popular because people find it more interesting to read something that is written in first person. Not only is it important that the narrative is in first person, but the writer is also describing all the events that occurred during their time in captivity, which is very emotional and people enjoy reading things because of that emotional appeal. Captivity is not something that most people want to experience, but people want to read about it so that they have a better understanding

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    American author of his time, in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, Olaudah Equiano illuminated for the masses many of the inhumanities and atrocities associated with the slave trade that previously had been known only to those more intimately involved with it and began an entire new genre known as the slave narrative. Part of the success of Equiano’s narrative must be ascribed to the familiar themes of capture, captivity, and

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    expect from day to day, as his circumstances were always changing. During his captivity and slavery there were times he longed for death to come for him and thought of being in Heaven as a comfort. However, his captivity was not all bad, as he learned how to speak English, read and write, and how to become a successful merchant. Equiano later chose to write about his ordeal in his work titled, “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African, written by Himself”

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    Equiano were great examples of authors that used these elements of literature. There are similarities and differences in A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson and From Africa to America. Though Mary Rowlandson and Olaudah Equiano shared similarities in experiences, they had different writing personalities, purposes, attitudes, tones, and relations with their communities. There are four main modes of discourse: expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive. In

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