Gruesome Exaggeration or just a Misunderstanding?

Rowlandson was one to accept her faith and believe that God had her life and death planned out for her, a different view of how to take a look at her narrative. When most view this, they tend to see violence, genocide, and loss of religion. Moments exchanged between Rowlandson and her native Algonquian captors can be read to confirmthe history of intolerance against indigenous people during the English colonization of eastern North America. For example, Rowlandson describes her experience in gruesome sentences such as “Some in our house were fighting for their lives, others wallowing in their blood, the house on fire over our heads, and the bloody heathen ready to knock us on the head if we stirred out,” helps to persuade her readers to sympathize with her. By including words and descriptions that evoke visual imagery, such as the death of her children, killing and stripping of her brother in law, Rowlandson attempts to herd her readers into the view of the intolerance against indigenous people. Rowlandson was not truly one of these indigenous natives, she was married to a high powered religious man. The murder of the “good, innocent” Christian people is supposed to be the main draw in focus in her narrative. I agree with Thomas because he seems to share the value of the narrative that I seem to have, he stated in his blog post, “The most gruesome interactions between Natives and colonists in all of U.S history probably occurred in this region between the Dutch and Algonquian peoples. ‘Native infants were torn from their mother’s breasts, and hacked to pieces in the presents of their parents, and pieces thrown into the fire and in the water, and other suckling’s, being bound to small boards, were cut, stuck, and pierced, and miserably massacred in a manner to move a heart of stone’”. Another good point brought up was when he stated, “When John Winthrop landed alongside Arbella and its fleet, he was not focused on the presence of later dictators, globalization and trade, but rather the establishment of Christian ideals on a clean slate”. Winthrop and Rowlandson both share similar ideals when it comes to the way of viewing Christians over the racism of indigenous people, unlike Dryden whose play was full of racist remarks.

– Alina Cantero

One thought on “Gruesome Exaggeration or just a Misunderstanding?

  1. I really like your blog post. While other blog posts focused on her narrative, I like how you brought up her religious faith as it gives a new perspective to the prompt. I also like how you cited the text to show how her book really helped shaped the Native Americans to be seen as the villains in the story when the Europeans did some equally, if not worse, things.


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