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Shafaat Rahman 2/16/12 “Narrative of Captivity” Reading Response 7 – Mary Rowlandson In Rowlandson’s narrative about the story of her captivity, she describes to us various movements, called removes in the book, from place to place while held under slavery by the her capturers, the Indians. In the first remove she talks about how much she hates her capturers, in the very first line, “Now away we must go with those barbarous creatures, with our bodies wounded and bleeding, and our heats no less than our bodies.”(311) tells us clearly her overall opinion of the Natives after their attack on her hometown. Later on further on in the book, in the third remove, as her and her child fight for their lives and the cruel winter weather, her child sadly dies. However the sentence, “Then they went and showed me where it was, where I saw the ground was newly digged, and there they told me they had buried it.”(314) infers that maybe these people weren’t as savage as she thought. They definitely portray a good act of sympathy
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Unformatted text preview: towards her dead child while she was away from the body. The contrast is evident when barbarous is compared to sympathy, as two different words and total different sides of the spectrum. Moving along to the next contrasting section, this can also be found in the third remove. In the sentence, “One of the Indians that came from the Medfield fight, had brought some plunder, came to me and asked me, if I would have a Bible, he had got one in his basket.”(315). This generous act by the Indian definitely shows these people were capable of understanding religion and respected that, generosity definitely contrast with Barbarous once again. All throughout her removes her description of the natives a flip flop one. Questions: 1. After her child dies, why does Mary refer to the child as it? 2. During the celebration of the Indians victory, why did Mary not speak up on page 315?...
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