John Smith,William Bradford, and Mary Rowlandson encountered numerous dangerous and fatal events due to the new lives they wanted to start in this new world, because of this they have many similarities and differences in their writings. One big similarity was Death, they were surrounded by it. It was as if Death was playing a sick joke with them taking away friends and family, slowly eating at what little hope they had left.
In John Smiths “The General History” fifty people had died from starvation and sickness in a matter of only a few months, also later in his writings you read that Indians killed the few men he had left. When it was his turn to be killed by these Indians he escapes Death, this happens once again while still in Indian custody. This time the Indian Chief’s daughter Pocahontas comes to John’s Rescue when he is about to be killed by the Indians. Death tried twice to kill John Smith and according to John it was God who saved him.
In William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation” Death started picking off passengers on the ship headed to Plymouth Plantation one by one they fell like apples from an apple tree. Most people were killed by sickness and disease but there were also other people that died by random events. One man was believed to be taken by death due to the sins he committed, because of this god had to smite him.
In Mary Rowlandson’s Narrative of Captivity Death Led by an Indian raid swept across her towns people swift and ruthless. Some people were captured as prisoners such as Mary Rowlandson and died while being dragged through these thick forests only to be sold as slaves if they made it to their destination, many prisoners were unfortunate and died on the way. Mary Rowlandson ‘s daughter was ill and as more time went on her daughter grew weaker and weaker eventually she was kidnapped by Death. That was only one of the tragic things they had in common, but there are also things such as their faith in God.
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