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The unredeemed captive

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The unredeemed captive

  1. 1. Review: The Unredeemed Captive The Unredeemed Captive, by John Demos, is a novel that describes thehardships a family and their fellow townspeople endured during and after aColonial New England massacre. On February 29, 1704, in the town of Deerfield,Massachusetts that a group of Puritan townspeople were massacred and captured.A total of 48 people were killed, while about one hundred and twelve werecaptured and became prisoners of a French and Indian war party. Among thecaptured were Reverend John Williams, his wife, and their children, and goingback to Puritanism when released to Eunice whom stayed with the Indians herwhole life, the book shows many viewpoints from different individuals. TheUnredeemed Captive shows the path of abduction and adoption of Americansettlers by Indians. The book starts in 1704. The Mohawk Indians are allied withthe French in Canada and attack Deerfield, a small village in Massachusetts.Reverend John Williams, the minister from Deerfield, was the main target forcaptivity because Boston held Jean-Baptiste Gayen; the Canadians returned. Two of Williams children were murdered the night of the raid and theminister along with his wife and other children were marched to Canada with therest of the Deerfield captives. The family was separated and they all realized that itmight have been the last time they would ever see each other again.The Reverendwas and renowned Puritan Minister and was deeply committed to his Puritan
  2. 2. beliefs and faith; it was this faith in God that kept him going through these difficulttimes. The Unredeemed Captive was a brilliant story with many historical facts. Ibelieve that Demo’s main purpose in writing this piece was to write a story. Thisbook, I believe is about finding your-self identity and where you belong throughdifferent life experiences and situations.Indians assigned captives to a family, andwere considered members of the family almost soon after their captivity. After some years Reverend Williams returned home, and began to focus onreorganizing his original life and remarried Abigail Bissell, a widow fromConnecticut. All of his children that were still alive were redeemed except for hisdaughter Eunice. Eunice, captured at the age of seven, matured and forgot all ofher English and was converted to Catholicism. Although her captors wereunwilling to release her, she did not want to leave her new family and returned. Ireally liked this book and it really taught me a lot.

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