Mary Rowlandson’s Journey in Her Memoir "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God"

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Mary Rowlandson’s memoir The Sovereignty and Goodness of God was indeed a compelling, thorough and praise worthy piece of literature. Rowlandson, not only recollected a chapter of her life, she delivered a solid visual of the circumstances during Metacom’s War. Rowlandson being a minister’s wife, a Puritan and pious women, gives us her journey with the Indians. Without any hesitation she narrates the journey she experienced and in the following essay, I will be discussing portions of her journey, and the significance of religion in her life.
Mary Rowlandson was a Puritan. Puritans are very strict and believe in almost the same values that major monotheistic religions believe in; such as, the devil, they give God credit for everything, and look to God for answers and help. This pretty much speaks for every single voice Rowlandson brings forward in her memoir. Constantly and with much admiration she quotes the Bible and this shows the intensity of the situation she was dealing with and her steady trust in God. “The next day was the Sabbath, I then….His presence forever” (remove #2), as one might assume, Rowlandson very faithfully makes herself the culprit despite losing most of her family. The innocence and the thoughtfulness that comes out of this particular statement says every single thing about her, the fact that she is serious about her being, and the depth of her religious self. Religion immensely affected the experience she and her family had because as she continuously justifies the situation she is in, the Bible shapes her story. “I know O Lord that….hast afflicted me” (remove #11) and “Shall there be evil in a City and the Lord hath not done it?” (Remove #15). From what I understand Rowlandson is sure that she is where s...

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...ip. The reign of Mary Rowlandson during this difficult phase in her life was truly extraordinary. It was a blessing in disguise because while she was a captive, she had nothing but God to rely on and Rowlandson got through it all. There were many themes present in this book but the one that stood out to me most was the one of reflection. In remove #20, towards the ending she says that she has pretty much gone back and forth from good and bad. From almost dying of starvation to being healthy or being with her family in one instance and in the next she was obligated to give in to her captives and walk a painful journey. It makes one think of the things we take for granted. But the element of surprise always strikes when we are at our most vulnerable. She had religion to cope with because the Bible and the never-ending stories in it were a source of comfort to her.

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