Mary Rowlandson vs Anne Bradstreet
Mary Rowlandson and Anne Bradstreet are two women with different stories and one similar faith. Their similar faith in God and passion for writing allowed the two women to survive the contrast of hardships each woman had to endure. Furthermore, in this essay, I will compare and contrast the lives and faith of Rowlandson and Bradstreet. In the story “Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” written by Mary Rowlandson herself, we read that she is taken captive by a group of Indians. Rowlandson was torn away from husband, children, and town. Everything she had ever known was taken away from her in an instant and she was taken to unfamiliar territory with her youngest daughter in tow. If being took captive wasn’t
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She seems especially concerned to defend the presence of Reason in women.” As you can see, Bradstreet’s poetry differs greatly from that of Rowlandson’s due to the different circumstances in each woman’s life. It is evident that Bradstreet dealt with many inward demons throughout writing her poems.
The final similarity between these two women is the most important one of all: they were both writers at a time when women really didn’t do much else aside from taking care of their families. Once Mary Rowlandson was set free after being taken captive, she wrote “Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson”. This was especially unusual because this narrative dates back to 1682. According to history, World War II did not begin until 1939, which means that is also when women fist started to enter into the work force. Mary Rowlandson kick started the drive for women to be who they wanted to be and do what they wanted to do nearly 200 years prior to when any one actually did anything about it. She was the inspiration behind it all.
The same can be said for poet Anne Bradstreet. According to annebradstreet.com, she “is one of the most important figures in the history of American Literature.” “She is [also] considered by many to be the first American