Ann Bradstreet • Edward Taylor • Mary Rowlandson. A Comparative View. Bradstreet 1612-1672 "Burning Of Our House ” 1666. variations in rhythm, syntax, end-rhyme to signify rhetorical effect or emphasis
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What problems exist in regarding a literary narrative as an historical record? Do you feel this is a result of the literal authority given the bible by Puritan society? Or, rather, is it a result of propaganda to win European interest in the colonial project?
What narrative conventions does Rowlandson story follow, what conventions does it not?
What are your feelings about her use of biblical quotation? What about her introduction to Native American vocabulary? What is different about this didactic element from others?
What are your feelings about her reaction to loss, and the death of her own child?
Historical record or entertainment? Is the entire narrative a form of conceit? Or, how literally is it to be taken? Why, or why not? How would you describe the literary value of Rowlandson’s writing?