Primary Source Analysis Option 1
September 29, 14
After reading the Indian Captivity Narratives, it is clear that both narratives describes the author’s captivity life under Indians; however, their experience were totally different. According to The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Mary Rowlandson suffered from poor condition with her captors for two months; the experience was a nightmare to her. On the contrary, Mary Jemison had a happier life during the captive as seen in her Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison. The life before they were taken captive was the key that resulted the difference between their experiences. With the ...view middle of the document...
It’s clear that all she had were negative experience as she wrote “But the next hour in sickness and wounds, and death, having nothing but sorrow and affliction.” (Rowlandson 57) In her opinion, what Indians did were unforgivable; therefore, nothing good of Indians in the narrative. And during 16 century it was how English sense of Indians, dangerous and act like beasts.
While after two century, Mary Jemison was having a different experience after taken captive. According to the resource, Jemison’s parents were workers and she was a teenager about 15 years old before took hostage by Indians. Her concept of ethics and values were not fully built yet; thus, she could assimilate Indian culture easier. At first, she was scared as same as Rowlandson when faced the Indians and had poor condition when taken captive, “Extremely fatigued, and very hungry.” (Jemison 59) Then, Indians were very nice to Jemison; they feed her and gave her shelter to stay. However, she was pulling apart from her mother; her mother’s word “If you shall have an opportunity to get away from the Indians, don’t try to escape; for if you do they will find you and destroy you,” was engrave on her mind. (Jemison 60)
After few days traveling, Jemison was taken by Seneca Indians and went to their tribe. Unlike Rowlandson’s experience, Indians were very nice and friendly to Jemison. As the Seneca Indians custom, Jemison was adopted by a family that made...