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In reading passages from A Narrative of her Captivity, many colonial people
found interesting facts about Mary Rowlandson, her way of life and her suffering being
held captive by indians. Sarah Kemble Knight, however, tells a different story in her
journal. The Journal of Madam Knight shows you another side of life in colonial
america. Yet, as you read these stories, many similarities can be found.
"I have thought since of the wonderful goodness of God to me in preserving me in
the use of my reason and senses in that distressed time, that I did not use wicked and
violent means to end my own miserable life." (P.26) was quoted from Mary Rowlandson.
In becoming sad and depressed, she put all her faith in God. Knight did the same in her
response to danger, whenever she felt anxious or began to dwell or become afraid.
Both women also had to surmount difficulties and terrible sufferings.
Rowlandson lost a child, and Knight had to cross a rough narrow river, with a constant
fear of falling off the horse and drowning. The bible kept Rowlandson going, and both
put thier faith in God to overcome thier hardships.
Food was another big issue as well. Being where they were, and under the
conditions there, food was scarce and both had to fight for survival. "And what little
cabbage I swallowed served me for a cud the whole day after." (P.32) Knight said. Since
she was simply traveling wherever she found food she ate it, very pickily though.
Rowlandson had to beg for food, being held captive by indians, she ate everything she
Mary Rowlandson constantly relied in God, through the better times and the bad.
She was a constant believer in her faith. Sarah Kemble Knight talked of her faith only
once, when she was crossing a river, yet you know that she was also relying on faith in
God as well.
The two remarkable women talked about in this essay have lived interesting lives
and have overcome hardships and troubles. Using thier faith in God, Mary Rowlandson
and Sarah Kemble Knight triumphed over thier struggles and came out stronger in the
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