Reflection of Mary Rowlandson's Captivity

Topics: Marriage, Captivity narrative, Wife Pages: 3 (1062 words) Published: July 23, 2011
It was difficult for me reading the story that was told about Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity. I have read so many stories about all of the awful things that have been done to the Indians; it surprised me I guess to here the reverse and all the cruelty that was taking place. I am sorry it is three pages also, I could have written so much more. The details of the morning invasion on Mary’s home and with forty-two people inside, the Indians set her home on fire, and shot at them when they tried to exit the home. It was so descriptive, and that Mary herself wrote the events made it feel that much more real to me.

The bravery Mary show’s trying to unlatch the heavy door to leave the home while being shot at, and the attempt to get the six dogs to wake, that were supposed to protect them were useless. Pg2 (“None of them would stir,” said Mary, “though another time, if any Indian had come to the door, they were ready to fly upon him and tear him down.”) I liked how this was put, and told, and how it states that it was significant because the Puritans should rely on God alone not on dogs.

Mary bravely; was the first to get the door open and the first to get out the door of the home, while being shot at carrying her youngest child, Sarah. Following close behind were men, who were being butchered as they ran out, either by gun shots, or slathered by hatchets. She was surrounded by the bodies of neighbors and relatives. I was taken back, at the picture in my mind while reading, how she could have watched her three children get taken prisoner from her and sent off in all directions and everyone she loved die around her. Yet she still continued to fight to stay alive. How many people would do that?

Mary was married to Joseph Rowlandson and they married in 1656, and had four children together, the first died in infancy, then Joseph, Mary, and Sarah. I thought it was interesting how the children were named after both the mother and the father. In some cultures it is...
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