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Mary Rowlandson

Mary Rowlandson was born in a Puritan society. Her way of was that of an orthodox Puritan
which was to be very religious and see all situations are made possible by God. She begins
her writing by retelling a brutal description of the attack on Lancaster by the Natives.
Rowlandson spends enough time interacting with the Natives to realize these people live
normal, secular lives. She had the opportunity work for a profit which was not accepted
when she lived as devout Puritan women in Puritan colony. Mary Rowlandson knows that she
must expose the good nature of the Natives and she must rationalize her "boldness" through
quoting the Bible.

In order to be accepted by Puritan she first disguises her feelings of the Native by using
terms like "murderous wretches"(68) and "merciless heathen"(69) to refer to the Natives..
To grab the attention of the reader through the full description of her situation and used
such narrative as, ", the Indians shot so thick that the bullets rattled against the house
as if one had taken an handful of stones and threw them so that we were fain to give
back."(Rowlandson 68). Rowlandson intended to lure her Puritan readers by first depicting
the Natives as beasts which in turn led the reader's interest of her accounts on. In order
to justify her "boldness" she would mention the Lord's name like so, "Oh, the doleful
sight that now was to behold at this house! ‘Come, behold the works of the Lord, what
desolation He has made in the earth.' Of thirty-seven persons who were in this one house
none escaped either present death or bitter captivity save only one,"(69). This upcoming
particular piece of text, she specifically shows that she is human and chose her life over
an orthodox Puritan perspective. The quotation also signifies her slight affiliation with
the Natives by mentioning "we". Rowlandson writes,

"I had often before this said that if the Indians should come I should choose rather to be
killed by them than taken alive, but when came to the trial, my mind changed; their
glittering weapons so daunted my spirits that I chose rather to go along with those (as I
may say) ravenous beasts than that moment to end my days. And that I may the better
declare what happened to me during the grievous captivity, I shall particularly speak of
the several removes we had up and down the wilderness. . . ."(69).

Essentially, when the time came her faith wasn't strong enough which foreshadows the following events.
The first time Rowlandson wept was during her stay in the Eight Remove. "There one of them
asked me why I wept; I could hardly tell what to say, yet I answered they would kill me.
‘No,' said he, ‘none will hurt you.' Then came one of them and gave me two spoonfuls
of meal to comfort me, and another gave me half pint of peas which was more worth than
many bushels at another time."(71). The Natives showed her great affection with was not
expected of them from her puritanical views. Although she knew no harm would come to her
she expected to leave "them" as soon as possible.

According to the Puritans, women were only to attend to household duties and not to appear
in the public sphere. Rowlandson does more than she was able to do in her old habitat; she
began to work for profit and used her special skills. "During my abode in this place
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