Emotions Run Deep

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Smith 1 Wesley Smith Dr. Wilhelm English 2326-02 26 July 2010 Emotions Run Deep When reading Mary Rowlandson’s “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration,” or Harriet Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” one can feel a sense of captivity themselves, because of the emotions involved in both stories and the way the authors choose to convey that emotion. Although their stories are very different, the stories still have a central theme of bondage and describe how the authors each overcame their obstacles through God and perseverance. Mary Rowlandson and Harriet Jacobs both appeal to the emotions of their audience, though their works were published nearly 200 years apart; they each were held “captive” in some sense and capitalize on that captivity by writing their autobiographical experiences in a manner as to have their audience identify with their experience. Mary Rowlandson’s “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration” is a harrowing tale detailing Rowlandson’s enslavement by a Native American tribe. Rowlandson witnessed the Native Americans invade her village and kill many of her neighbors and family, and as she was trying to escape, she was shot with an arrow which also impaled her young child, who was being carried in her arms. Rowlandson was not severely injured by the attack, but instead was held captive and brought back to the Native American encampment. On the arduous trek across the wilderness, Rowlandson had to watch as her six year old child slowly died in her arms as a result of the injuries it incurred during their attempted escape. Rowlandson’s other two children, as well as her sister, were also held captive and kept separate from Rowlandson. After a period of
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Smith 2 approximately eleven weeks, Rowlandson’s liberation was granted after her husband sent a representative to bargain for her freedom. Rowlandson was reunited with her husband, but her children were still held captive. Eventually, Rowlandson’s children were returned to her through the graciousness of God. This story is emotional, regardless of the way it is told, but Rowlandson used emotional language and details to gain her audience’s sympathy and to demonstrate her faithfulness in God. Rowlandson’s usage of emotional language is seen many times throughout her
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