Project #155032 - American Literature

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/20/2016 01:00 pm

Readings and Materials:

  • -Mary Jemison Biography

http://pabook2.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/bios/Jemison__Mary.html

  • -Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemision (chapters 1,2,3,4 and 9 only)

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks/w00087.html#1_0_4

  • -Mary Rowlandson Biography

https://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/s/smcmahon/courses/hist249/readingguide/files/rowlandson.preface.pdf

  • - A True History of the Captivity and Restoration (only introduction and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 20th removes)

http://loki.stockton.edu/~kinsellt/projects/rowlandson/storyReader$15.html

answers should be 1-2 paragraphs, no outside sources all the answers should be in your own words and please provide evidence from the text for all the answers.

Questions:

  1. While Rowlandson certainly has no reason to like or respect her captors, its difficult to determine how much of her bitterness is the result of her ill-treatment and how much is simply cultural conditioning. Still, Rowlandson describes the NAtive Americans who captured her in a way that demonizes and dehumanizes them. In contrast, how does Rowlandson view herself and her fellow Christians? How do you know?
  2. Rowlandson often uses the Bible and various scriptural illusions in relaying her experience as a captive. how does the inlcusion of these passages promote Calvinist Doctrine? be sure to use specific evidence from the text.
  3. Though fear (atleast initially) certainly played a role in Jemison's decision to remain with her captors, it does not explain why Jemison turns down opportunities to escape Native American life later on in the narrative. Why do you think Jemison chose to spend the rest of her life with her captors? Are there any benefits to the NAtive American lifestyle that European life didnt offer to women?
  4. Jemison notes that "the attempts which have been made to civilize and Christianize (Native Americans) by the white people, has constantly made them worse and worse; increased their vices, and robbed them of many of their virtues; and will ultimately produce their extermination." How is the way Jemison views the natvies and Christianity different from the way Rowlandson views them? Whose account do you think if more accurate? Why?

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