1. What are the basic events recounted in Rowlandson's ''Captivity"?
2. What is her attitude toward the Native Americans?
3. How does Rowlandson see herself? Does this change in the course of the narrative?
4. From where does she draw her images and the cadence of her writing? What effect does this have for the reader? What does it reveal about her anticipated audience?
5. Why does she number and describe each remove?
6. This text, too, can be treated as history. In what ways is it similar to the work of Bradford and Winthrop? How does it differ?
7. Does Rowlandson’s mental state change as her outward behaviors change? What happens to her spiritual values? Do you think her treatment of this issue is affected because the narrative is written after the fact?
9. Does this narrative contain any elements of the cosmic drama that preoccupied the Puritans? How does Rowlandson read the wilderness?
10. Rowlandson also uses her experiences as a metaphor for a spiritual journey, a process of going through a dark night of the soul? How can her narrative be read in this way? Does it change the implications of the text?