The Sovereignty and Goodness of God Mary White Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip s War and held ransom for weeks After being released she wrote A Narrat

  • Title: The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
  • Author: Mary Rowlandson
  • ISBN: 9781502878502
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mary White Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip s War and held ransom for 11 weeks After being released, she wrote A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs Mary Rowlandson, also known as The Sovereignty and Goodness of God.It is a work in the literary genre of captivity narratives.Mary White Rowlandson was a colonial American woman who was captured during an attack by Native Americans during King Philip s War and held ransom for 11 weeks After being released, she wrote A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs Mary Rowlandson, also known as The Sovereignty and Goodness of God.It is a work in the literary genre of captivity narratives It is considered to be one of America s first bestsellers, four editions appearing in 1682 when it was first published.

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    1. Mary Rowlandson was a European captive of Native Americans who kidnapped her and her children and held them hostage. She survived plenty of atrocities, including slavery, witnessing people's murders, and holding her son as he died in her arms. This is her testimony in book form and apparently, in Ye Olde Puritan Tymes it sold like hotcakes, because even 350 years ago, nothing sold readers on a book quite like kidnapping and torture: hence, the American captivity narrative (ah, our great American [...]

    2. The Lancaster slaughter which opens the narrative horrifies me still, as it was intended. But there's only so many times you can say, "knocked in the head," without unlidding your reader's laughbox. I tried not to smile, I really did. AlasThe "removes" Rowlandson uses to mark the episodes of her journey signify more than wanderlust or nomadic jimmy leg. Each clash and execution, each day without food or drink, each hour away from the comfortable naivety in which Rowlandson, until her captivity, [...]

    3. This short historical narrative was an interesting read, both historically and spiritually. Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians in the 1600's and held captive for eleven weeks until she was ransomed. Stripped of all comforts, and losing sight of all human help, she was able to endure her captivity only through her strong faith in God. Instead of dwelling on the hardships she faced daily, she continually traced the goodness of God in keeping her safe from even further harm. "Yet I see, when G [...]

    4. Two stars only for the unintentional comic value. Ah, only a Puritan could write this. You wouldn't think a 50 page piece could be that redundant, but oh, how it is. She basically talks about the food she eats and how much she loves god and how evil the Native Americans are, even though they don't treat her that badly. But there's lots of hilarious moments that are all like: THERE'S NO WAY THE INDIANS COULD SURVIVE ON THEIR OWN THIS MUST BE YOUR WILL GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH and then the best part [...]

    5. Wait - this woman essentially goes through hell and back, and she manages to hang onto her knitting the whole time? I'm calling shenanigans.

    6. I can't imagine living through such a nightmare. This book is the record of Mary Rowlandson's capture and captivity by some Native Americans in the year 1676. Her husband, three children and several friends and relatives from her town were also taken, though they were all separated and she only saw some of the others from time to time.She records the daily circumstances of her captivity in a very frank manner and describes how her faith in the Lord helped her to bear up under her afflictions. He [...]

    7. I read this in my freshman year of college -- about 6 years ago, which is kind of crazy to think about. I remember really liking it then, and that hasn't changed. Rowlandson's narrative, however much of it is hers, is incredibly flat; she uses the same even tone to describe the murder of her children and the process of broiling broth. I'm really interested in hunger through the book, both Rowlandson's own and the way native people are consistently figured as ravenous and gaping. Paired with: Mau [...]

    8. Written about 1675, this is probably the most famous of the captivity narratives. It's a slog to read with the long paragraphs, Biblical quotes, and archaic language. I understand the Biblical info was added later by others. As always, the particulars of the truth of the narrative is somewhat in doubt. Then there are the occasional lines like this one: "That night they bade me go out of the wigwam again. My mistress's papoose was sick, and it died that night, and there was one benefit in it—th [...]

    9. honestly, I only read 5 "removes" and I wasn't much interseted to follow. although there were horrifying and brutal scenes that thinking about them makes me shiver. the thought of a massacre and burning and blood. the scene where her child dies and the fate of her 2 other children is drearful. The thing that really vexed me was the Puritan ideas all over the text. I'm not anti-religion per se, but puritanism REALLY rubs me the wrong way. I actually get angry at some comparisons. like hell no you [...]

    10. Interesting. I've read this twice and I still can't sit through the entirety. Mind you this is roughly thirty pages and it still takes me a couple of takes to really understand and close read this. Rowlandson shows moments of terrible cruelty and yet she also shows empathy on both her behalf as well as her captors' behalf.

    11. A short direct account of her eleven weeks as an Indian captive. Sound s truly horrifying the attack she witnessed, the separation and loss of one of her children and the harsh treatment from her captors.

    12. Not an overly enjoyable read, though an insight into the minds of someone who believed the Native Americans were ‘savages’ and ‘heathens’. A shocking read for someone in the 21st century, but an interesting one from a historical point of view.

    13. An important piece of Early American literature, this is a true, first-person narrative account of a 17th century (1682) Puritan woman whose village was attacked by Indians; her family was massacred, and she and a couple of her children were taken captive. Of the 37 in her household, 24 were captured and 12 killed, with only one escaping.The opening scene is very dramatic and graphic -- barbaric, chaotic, and hellish. Throughout the account various epithets are used to describe the Indians: hell [...]

    14. I think I am on my fourth or fifth reading of this short book, and they have all been in an academic context, either as student of the text or teacher of it, and always, for that matter, from the Norton Anthology. Rowlandson's narrative stands up to that many readings. Her style is lively, even verging on the epic, as at the in medias res beginning. She has a very observant eye, on the one hand, but also a powerfully allegorizing imagination; these often conflict with each other, which is the ch [...]

    15. Mary Rowlandson, like many others of her time, viewed nature as a place of the devil. This is most likely because the way she understood the lifestyle of the Indians bled over into her views of the "uncivilized" environment they survived in. Once she is taken, she describes her exile from civilization as, "I must turn my back upon the town, and travel with them into the vast and desolate wilderness It is not my tongue, or pen that can express the sorrows of my heart, and bitterness of my spirit [...]

    16. This is a very important piece of American literature not necessarily because it's what the narrator intended, but because of how much is revealed of the Native American culture - unintentionally! We read Mrs. Rowlandson describing all these seemingly "horrific" deeds of the natives, but really, any amount of "savagery" involved was nothing more than what would typically be seen in any battle or invasion. We read about her not being fed anything but cold water. Was that because she and her child [...]

    17. It's hard to give stars to someone's true account. The beginning is pretty disturbing and the rest is similar to any account of someone held in captivity. Jews, slaves, Russianst to sound uncaring, but it's true. There's always a lot of being hungry, being pushed around, doing small favors for kindness, etc. In the end I started wondering if I was in a similar situation and had only a Bible if I'd be quoting it constantly like she was, or any book for that matter. I liked at the end her brief no [...]

    18. A fascinating and disturbing book. She is captured and enslaved, but because she is white, she can code her capture as kidnapping and her purchase as ransom. Because she is white, and a puritan, she learns nothing from her experience. Her captors had nothing to teach her. They are savages and she is a civilized person of European sensibilities. Everything you need to know about American domestic imperialism is in this book, though the preachy author has no awareness at all of what's happening.

    19. Had to read this for class. Incredibly dull. Mary Rowlandson also comes across as rather a dreadful person. It's entirely fair that she is experiencing a trauma, but her narrative is dry, and the strong Puritan tone is really not to my taste. Obviously a good primary source of its era, but not really something I'd recommend reading, even if it's so short.

    20. Interesting historical document. It would read a LOT better as interesting non-fiction had it not been so peppered by the tedious and silly Puritanical interjections. Of course, the constant God-stuff was the only way that a woman's story would have been allowed to have been published in those sexist days. Thank God that Puritan literature is not the norm in publishing these days!

    21. Not up my alley. Too much Puritan typology and "the Lord afflicted me so that thru my patience I could see that I needed to appreciate him more as one in his grace" nonsense. Read for class. Class has been interesting--the actual reading experience? Not so much.

    22. Reading the Narrative of Captivity of Mary Rowlandson recalls a quote said by Chinua Achebe; “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” As a story is mightier than any other weapon, the storyteller is, undoubtedly, the superior. To know about the existence of a nation, we dig for its literary production. However, unfortunately for the Natives, they had no literature recording their culture, their roots, or their mere existence. We onl [...]

    23. This short narrative, considered by some to be America's first best seller, is well worth reading. It does take some effort on part of the reader due to its age which makes its language and context so foreign today. One cannot fully appreciate Mary Rowlandson's ordeal without an effort to understand the circumstances leading to King Philip's War and the state of relations between the colonists and the native population at the time.This is at its core a story of Christian faith. Mrs. Rowlandson's [...]

    24. Not gonna rate this one ;-) Not that fond of religion but I loved her way of writing. She's really good at linking her own experience with bible references. Just as any good Purotan woman is supposed to, I sometimes have the feeling she knows the bible by heart. And yet, even though she makes us believe that she sees things as they do, she also questions what people tell her about the wilderness. She makes her own experience.Unfortunately, her depiction of Native Americans is yeah, historically [...]

    25. The "Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" is the memoir of Mary White Rowlandson (1637-1711), a Colonial American woman who was captured by Natives on 10 February 1675. Forced into slavery by the Narragansett tribe that destroyed her familial farmstead and killed several of her family members, Mrs. Rowlandson was held captive for 11 weeks and five days. Within its terse, faith-filled 45 pages, the book recounts the savagery of her captors and the brutality of her e [...]

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