Most striking in Mary Rowlandson’s “Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” are the ways she interacts with her faith. First, despite the horrors Rowlandson suffers during her captivity, her tone in the narrative is calm and unemotional . Early on, Rowlandson demonstrates that she has accepted the tragedy she has suffered and the reader can easily infer that this is because of her faith. Next, it’s interesting how Rowlandson directly compares the Christian narrative with her own. More than once she quotes biblical characters, drawing direct allusions between their mutual experiences. Although the two previous interactions with Christianity bring Rowlandson a certain degree of clarity, a final example demonstrates that her total dependence on Christianity brings an equal degree of unclarity. On multiple occasions, Rowlandson criticizes the Indians around her with disgust because they are not Christians. This behavior, however, seems to be anything but Christianlike. Of course, Rowlandson’s judgment does not particularly harm her, but the hypocrisy is nevertheless something that pervades her narrative and will likely appear in other pieces of colonial literature we read this semester.
Feb 1st, 2011 by nwn6v