Monday, March 25, 2019
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Es
The Pressure to Assimilate in bloody shame Rowlandsons A Narrative of the captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary RowlandsonThere are times when assimilation is non a plectron precisely rather something is forced. In circumstances such as macrocosm taken hostage, the ability to survive must come at the harm of assimilating ones own customs into another lifestyle. In February of 1675 the inbred Americans who were at war with the Puritans obtained hostage Mary Rowlandson of the Plymouth colony. During this time she must perform a portion that is uncommon to a colonial womans way of life so that she may live among them. With the need to survive, how can a someone harmonize a second culture? The actions of Mary Rowlandson demonstrate how a person can gain, retain, and end up examining their own beliefs for logical validity. Due to a limited food supply in the tribe, it cant be generosity give to Rowlandson doing so would cause the entire tribe to become hungry. Rowlandson hand makes garment for subjective Americans in exchange for essentials. She trades with her caretakers and even the well-known King of the tribe. On several occasions she argues with the Natives, attempting not to lose what is her property. Trading and arguing with others was not a job performed by women in her colony however, in her situation, a change of role is needed in order for her to live with her captors. In the seventeenth century, her change of role might necessitate been seen as a sign of weakness, but today, its much easier to see her change of role as being a sign of strength After all, it takes a virile willed person to carry out a change in their life. An fixture of ones religion alone could be a difficult task for some, but for Puritans in everyday situations... ...lture expects her to be. In summary, what Mary Rowlandson understands about the Native Americans changes greatly during her confinement. This change in her day-to-day life enables her to live among a Nati ve American tribe while still being a trusty Puritan. The change in her viewpoint gives her not only an understanding of the Native culture, but also her own as well. Although it was never written that her role in the Plymouth colony changed after her return, one could speculate that she may have at least questioned her own beliefs and questioned what God may truly be looking for in a Puritan. Works CitedRowlandson, Mary. A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Negotiating Difference Cultural Case Studies for Composition. Ed. Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg. Boston Bedford Books of St. Martins Press, 1996. 67-83.