Analytical Paragraph of the Captivity of Mary Rowlandson

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Analytical Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson In the Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Rowlandson’s feelings toward her captors change as the story progresses when she finds herself questioning the similarities and differences between the Natives and Puritan settlers. In her narrative work, she refers to her fifth remove as she and her captors move to King Philips village, she makes an observation of the Natives’ treatment of her. Rowlandson makes a note of their gradual warmth and unexpected hospitality. Though she just makes acquaintances with the villagers, they wanted to keep her. "I went to another wigwam, where they were also sitting round the fire, but the squaw laid a skin for me, and bid me sit down, and gave me some groundnuts, and bade me come again: and told me they would buy me, if they were able, and yet these were strangers I never saw before…" (Rowlandson, page 45, paragraph 3). Rowlandson not only saw changes around her, but also in herself. After three weeks of her captivity, she begins to eat and enjoy the food despite even her civilized preferences. "I found my stomach for want of something; and yet it was very hard to get down their filthy trash: but the third week, though I could think how formerly my stomach would turn against this or that, and I could starve and die before I could eat such things, yet they were sweet and savory to my taste…" (Rowlandson, page 44, paragraph 3). Both quotes from Rowlandson’s narrative support Rowlandson’s idea that life nothing is certain. They reveal her changing perception of the Native

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