Mary Rowlandson & The Captivity narrative. Born circa 1637 in England. Her parents John and Joan White were among the first settlers of Salem in 1638. She was living in Lancaster by age 17. She married Joseph Rowlandson, a minister, in 1656 They had 4 children:
Mary Rowlandson & The Captivity narrative
In 1675 Joseph Rowlandson went to Boston to beg for troops from the Massachusetts General Assembly, during which period Mary Rowlandson was captured.
While a prisoner, Mary Rowlandson travelled some 150 miles, from Lancaster to Menamaset then north to Northfield and across the Connecticut river to meet with King Philip/Metacomet himself, sachem of the Wampanoags.
Next she traveled up into southwestern New Hampshire, south to Menamaset, and north to Mount Wachusett.
Three months after her capture, Mary Rowlandson was ransomed for £20.
She was returned at Princeton, Massachusetts, on May 2, 1676.
Her two surviving children were released soon after.
Their home had been destroyed in the attack
Abruptly brought from state of protected innocence into confrontation with evil
Forced existence in alien society
Unable to submit or resist
Yearn for freedom, yet fear perils of escape
Struggle between assimilation and maintaining a separate cultural identity
Condition of captive parallels suffering of all lowly and oppressed
Growth in moral and spiritual strength
Separation: attack and capture
Torment: ordeals of physical and mental suffering
Transformation: accommodation, adoption
Return: escape, release, or redemption