American Thought and Culture
September, 15 2017
Precis on Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative
Many people might find themselves falling into a habit of taking life for granted. We never really appreciate how precious our life is until we are placed into a situation that changes our perspectives. Life is short and it is not a guarantee, but even with an uncertainty of life there must be a realization that God has a plan. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [footnoteRef:0] One would not be in a position if He did not think they could overcome the task and become better Christians because of it. [0: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)]
After the attack on Lancaster during King Philip’s war, Rowlandson quickly understands that life is short and is in no way a guarantee for anyone including herself. Rowlandson had the situation laid out in her mind of what she would do if the Indians were to come, “I should choose rather to be killed by them than taken alive, but when it came to the trial my mind changed...I chose to rather go along with those ravenous beasts, than that moment to end my days.”[footnoteRef:1] It was a quick realization for Rowlandson that she was lucky to be alive, which was likely the reason to why she did not decided to follow through and take her own life. [1: Rowlandson, Mary. Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Plain text. Accessed: September, 14 2017. ]
It becomes quite evident to Rowlandson that nothing is certain, except for her faith. It is Rowlandson’s constant faith in God’s will that allows her to keep moving forward and to not give up on life, “I have thought since of the wonderful goodness of God to me in preserving me in the use of my reason and senses in that distressed time, that I did...