War, the Great Veil of Humanism

It is actually quite poetically tragic to see Anne Hutchinson killed by Native Americans after being exiled from Massachusetts, as Thomas put in his blogpost. Some would think it would make the Natives a literal subject and synonym for savagery, like they are in Mary Rowlandson’s story. However, like Rowlandson’s story, history is a fiction. I’m sure for the natives, history for them is one of a oppression coming from the subject of the Europeans. Thomas writes something interesting about Rowlandson’s story in that it is a “fanatic’s fantasy” of the hubris that was common among the colonists. For the most part, it was commonplace to believe the “pagan” natives were in the way of Christian expansion in the colonies, so it all comes down to perspective. Although Rowlandson’s narrative serves to bring a perspective unto the difference in subjectivity between natives and colonists, it is a perspective–no more, no less. And what it does is, it simplifies the natives into the damage that they did to her life. However, the time in which she code-switches with them, one could see the complexity in behavior and the clash of culture when war does not put a veil over the complexity of human nature.

Cesar Ramirez

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