Rowlandson Indian Analysis

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Part I:
1. A) Indians’ daily lives and values were similar to those of the colonists.

Evidence: Rowlandson asks the Indians “whether they were earnest with God for deliverance, they told me they did as they were able…” (The Third Reserve). When Rowlandson and the Indians come across a deserted English crop field, she saw the Indians were at one with nature as the “Indians quickly spread themselves over the deserted English fields, gleaming over what they could find” (The Seventh Remove). Rowlandson son died and the Indians had buried him “Where I saw the ground was newly digged, and there they told me they had buried it” (The Third Remove).

Interpretation: Both Indian and Puritans work with the land to accommodate their daily living. (The
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She makes statements that the Indians are “merciless heaven”. Similarly Rowlandson whites that the Indians wish to “devour” the English. (Introduction). Indians are represented as “inhumane creatures” in the writing (The Second Reserve). Rowlandson writes of Indians celebrations of battle “By their noise and hooping they signified how many they had destroyed” (The Third Reserve) Their savageness is also shown through her writing of Indians expressions of triumph “over some Englishmen’s scalps that they had taken” (The Third Reserve).

Interpretation: Rowlandson portrays the Indians as savage through their culture and unholy acts towards Englishmen in the King Phillips war (Introduction). She is disturbed by the Indians savage celebrations of battle and in this way views them as savage (The Third Reserve). She also expresses her views of them being savage through her vocabulary, calling them “merciless heaven” and “inhumane creatures” (Introduction and The Second Reserve). The term “devour” shows a savage representation of their desired actions against the Englishmen
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