Rowlandson 's Attitude Toward Native Americans

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Mary Rowlandson went through some very troubling times that I believe would cause anyone to form a hatred for the people responsible for the hardships that she was force to endure. I can see where she was coming from when she talks about the Native Americans. Rowlandson watched as her family were brutally killed and tortured by these “heathens” and then was captured herself, along with three of her children. Rowlandson and her youngest, Sarah were able to stay together throughout captivity, but her two oldest, Joseph and Mary, were separated from her. For this reason, I believe that Rowlandson’s attitude toward Native Americans does not change throughout her narrative. Saying this, I believe that Rowlandson see a side that certain Native American’s have that puts a little bit of ease to the hatred that she has inside for them. At the beginning of Rowlandson’s narrative, Native Americans, lead by Metacomet or Philip as the settlers called him, attacked Lancaster, her settlement in the Masschusettes Bay Colony. The Native Americans set fire to the homes running the settlers ramped while they opened fired on them killing several and wounding more. This was apart of many attacks the Native Americans had toward the English. When all the attacks were over, more than twelve hundred house had been burned, about six hundred Eniglish colonials were dead, and upwards of three thousand American Indians were killed. These attacks were later on known to be “King Philip’s War.” Rowlandson’s narrative has made her one of the most famous victims of this burtal war. She was able to see the bone-chilling sights that went on, not only during times of war, but as well as during her capitivity. Rowlandson speaks of seeing settlers being gunned down i... ... middle of paper ... ...ind of was always brought up with a negative outlook on the Native American people and throughtout her troubled life there is no sign of her changing this outlook. I would go as far as to say that after her captivity, Rowlandson’s hatred for the Indians only became stronger. There were times when she did in fact believe that there could be some good inside onf the evil-filled hearts of the “heathans,” but never could overcome her intial hatred. I believe that there would never be a chance that Rowlandson would even entertain the fact of changing her overall outlook. She, like all other Purtitans, was stuck in the ways that she was brought up in and there was no way that she would jepordize her religion for something such as the Native Americans. Mary Rowlandson had a hatred for the Native American people before her captivity and it only grew stronger after the fact.

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