The Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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The Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

  1. 1. The Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson The narrative as problem solving technique
  2. 2. King Phillip’s War <ul><li>In new England, the tolerance Algonquin tribes showed the settlers soured after one generation. </li></ul><ul><li>In June 1675, “King Phillip”, a Wampanoag tribal leader who formerly lived among the Christians, called for war. </li></ul><ul><li>The most violent and destructive frontier war in the colonies was begun. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Rowlandson Narrative <ul><li>The captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson became the first best seller in the new colonies. </li></ul><ul><li>The narrative preovided a fascinating glimpse into the Algonquin culture before it was destroyed. </li></ul><ul><li>The narrative also revealed the points of conflict between the natives and the settlers that would spark further uprisings. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mary’s Narrative <ul><li>The interjection of scripture is a reassurance of her religious faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Reality intervenes in Mary’s life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Principles of Problematic Movement <ul><li>The narrative is not orderly. </li></ul><ul><li>The narrative depends on geography not chronology. </li></ul><ul><li>Time is marked in spatial moves. </li></ul><ul><li>The narrative operates as an instrument of the mind to construct reality. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Structure, cont. <ul><li>A frame of the haphazard—unknown in Puritan theology. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows movement outside the Puritan belief system. </li></ul><ul><li>Rowlandson must re-interpret the events that took her from her home. </li></ul><ul><li>She combines the known and the conjectural into a narrative. </li></ul>
  7. 7. God Intervenes <ul><li>The Indians at time in the narrative show greater skill than the English. </li></ul><ul><li>Logic is not available. </li></ul><ul><li>According to narrative theory, if experience outstrips the known, make a metaphor. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cognitive Mapping <ul><li>Getting to know a new environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks become important—until the unknown land becomes more familiar. </li></ul><ul><li>Mary is forced into new territory. </li></ul><ul><li>Puritan doctrine is certainly challenged. </li></ul><ul><li>Mary must adapt to survive. </li></ul>
  9. 9. To Sum Up <ul><li>THE UNKNOWN </li></ul><ul><li>Secular reality (no religion) </li></ul><ul><li>Haphazard, unplanned movement </li></ul><ul><li>Time is reckoned by geography (places) </li></ul><ul><li>She is known as Mary </li></ul><ul><li>PURITAN BELIEF </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual reality (pre-ordained by God) </li></ul><ul><li>Stasis (no movement) </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological time </li></ul><ul><li>She is known as Mrs. Rowlandson </li></ul>

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