English 45B Paper1 - In the Narrative of the Captivity and...

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In the Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration , Mary Rowlandson vividly describes her personal experience of being in captivity after her hometown had been destroyed by the Indians. Throughout the narrative, she has endured many hardships and sufferings for which she gets through by her faith in God and her strong will to survive in order to obtain ultimate freedom. By employing effective techniques such as irony, figurative language, as well as word choice in the passage on page 112, Rowlandson successfully makes the connection between faith and experience as she comes to appreciate her captivity by seeing it as a lesson taught by God, who “is fully able to carry them [Person] through and make them see, and say they have been gainers thereby” (16-17). In the passage, Rowlandson comments on her captive experience by using various elements of literature, one of which is irony. After describing her entire story about the capture, which involves “many tryals and afflictions” (5), she returns with a new point of view in the way she perceives the whole ordeal and how she has come to realize it as the Lord’s time to “scourge and chasten me [her]” (10). The ironic nature of this comment is that it contradicts with her previous sufferings with the Indians. Instead of moaning over her
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course ENGLISH 45B taught by Professor Duncan,i during the Fall '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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English 45B Paper1 - In the Narrative of the Captivity and...

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