Mary Rowlandson Activity captivity narratives are a precursor to fiction in America. Rowlandson portrayed Native Americans as “savages” in need of salvation. From her Puritan perspective



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Mary Rowlandson Activity
CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES are a precursor to fiction in America.
Rowlandson portrayed Native Americans as “savages” in need of salvation. From her Puritan perspective, conversion to Christianity was the answer for the Native American.
As we read though the Narrative, you’ll quickly notice that Rowlandson sees events of her captivity as representing a biblical drama in which she is a participant, much like various characters in the Old and New Testaments.
The purpose of this assignment is to analyze how Puritanism and Calvinism affected literature during this period in American literary history.
Calvinism was the theology that dominated the Puritan colonies. You need to learn these points of doctrine because they are precisely what drove Rowlandson to write the way she did. To help you memorize these tenets or beliefs, you can use the acronym

TULIP:

Write a direct quote from the narrative as “proof” of each of these tenets using the chart on the next page:




Total depravity

Unconditional election

Limited atonement

Irresistible grace

Perseverance of the saints

Is there evidence that Rowlandson believes the essential nature of people is depraved/sinful?

Where does Rowlandson imply or state that she identifies/believes herself to be one of God’s chosen believers?

Can you find a reference to the Calvinistic doctrine that mankind are sinners whose only hope for salvation is through Christ?

Is there evidence that Rowlandson believes the Holy Spirit is real, active, and “felt” in her life?

What is Rowlandson’s response to her capture, and how does this reflect the perseverance of the saints?

















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