“Narrative of the Captivity & Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” Story Review

The King Philip’s War was known for terrible clash between the Indians and British colonists. A lot of colonists were taken as prisoners by the Indians, later when they were free again, they wrote down their memories about those times. These narrations were widely spread and increased a lot of interest of the readers till the nineteenth century. Mary Rowlandson was one of those, who had to go through capture and redemption, after this she published her Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. He used her experience and talent with the aim to represent the relations between the Indians and Puritan colonists, at he same time supporting the generally accepted concept of providence, which was preached by Puritans during those times.

There could be no doubts that the period of captivity was really very hard for the author. In 1675 the town of Lancaster was entered by the Indians and in total they took twenty-four captives, including the wife of a minister. She had to leave her husband and her children, apart of one, who was also taken by the Indians; she had the only hope for survival and freedom – her Bible. Thus there is no wonder that her redemption and the fact that she had the chance to see her family again and be free only supported her profound faith in the God’s providence. The Puritans also supported the concept of the God’s providence, as the basis of everything. Their main aim was to create the perfect Christian community and serve the God. This was seen as the way to earn the God’s protection. In case they broke the covenant, this could lead to losing of his protection. Rowlaridson supported these views; she was also convinced that the Puritans were the people, chosen by God. This was how she descried the attack of the Indians on Lancaster: Shall there be evil in the city find the Lord hath not done it? They are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph; there fore they shall go captive with the first that go captive.  It is Lord’s doing and it should be marvelous in our eyes” (Rowlandson 1682). Taking as the basis the biblical story about the punishment of Joseph’s brothers for selling him, the author compared it with the Puritan colonists. Rowlandson was not allowed to visit her daughter Mary and she wrote about it: “Me (as he said) have ye bereaved of any children; Joseph is not; Simeon is not; and ye will take Benjamin also.” (Rowlandson 1682). She was absolutely convinced that God punished his chosen people for breaking the covenant. When she was observing, what happened to her home after the attack of the Indians, she didn’t relate it to them, rather to God. She explained it in the following lines: “God strengthened [the Indians] to be a scourge to His people.” Rowlandson believed that “our perverse and evil carriages in the sight of the Lord have so offended Him that, instead of turning his hand against [the Indians], the Lord feeds and nourishes them” (Rowlandson 1682). Rowlandson stated that God could act against people only in case, they were against the Puritans. Thus in case with colonists the Indians were used by God, as a kind of punishment.

Overall, Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson was written by Mary Rowlandson after her captivity and redemption during colonist wars with the Indians. Seeing God as the omnipotent being in control of the whole humanity, she was convinced that God took the decision to punish the colonists, giving additional force to the Indians.

Works cited:

Rowlandson, M. 1682. Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.

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