In Mary Rowlandson’s “Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” it is evident that the Native people definitely underwent a type of genocide or holocaust. Mary Rowlandson’s experiences with the Algonquian people complicates the history of intolerance towards Native Americans. It began with the colonization of these Native people because not only did the colonizers want to take the land, they wanted to purify everything that was already there. Genocide, or the deliberate killing of a large group of people is a lot deeper than murder. When genocide is committed the goal is to erase a groups complete existence and legacy. So in this case the killings of the Natives acts as the genocide. In the students Blog post they talk about how gruesome the colonists killed Native Americans, although murder is never right they did more than just kill these people they terrorized them out of simple hate. While doing the reading I found myself wanting to sympathize with Mary Rowlandson but at the end of the day I was reminded that she was still a colonist herself, from the beginning the way she describes the Native Americans is almost subhuman. She describes them as savage and “barbarous”. Also, we are well aware that Mary’s personal beliefs stem from racism, she makes us almost tolerate her. Her racism doesn’t seem genuine it seems forced and like something that was learned rather than programmed in her. The persona of her character makes it difficult to hate her but at the same time you realize that she indeed is also like the rest of the colonizers.
Also throughout the reading Rowlandson seems to tolerate the Native Americans and in some instance even describes them almost as kind. The experience of her captivity definitely allows us as readers to see a relationship between Native Americans and a colonist. What is more interesting as well is the fact that Mary is a woman and she’s also a mother so when I read the reading that made me in a sense want to sympathize with her more. I think the fact that she was a mother also played a role because in the instance where they allowed her to see her child you could see that the Native Americans put their differences with her aside and put her motherhood first. So yes although there was intolerance circumstance combatted against it.