A Comparison Contrast Essay on Perceptions of the Supernatural in lives of Mary Rowlandson and Benjamin Franklin

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A Comparison and Contrast of the

Supernatural's Active Role in the

Lives of Mary Rowlandson and Benjamin Franklin

The literature written during this time period reflects

the important part the supernatural (God) played during

those changing times. The new world was struggling for a new

identity. Were these individuals also defining the role of

God to themselves?

In the preceding discussion the lives of Mary

Rowlandson and Benjamin Franklin will be discussed. Each

wrote a narrative of their life experiences. There are

marked contrasts and comparisons between these two

individuals related to their perceptions of God.

Religion was a vital part of life in colonial America.

A shift from theism to deism was occurring. The Puritans of

this time were fleeing the Church of England. Their hope was

to return to the more primitive ways, to reject the churches

hierarchy and ritual.

Mary Rowlandson, a puritan in Lancaster, Massachusetts

was captured by Indians, along with three of her children in

the year 1676.

In her narrative she relates the story of

her survival in the wilderness for a period of three months.

She is taken away from her home and husband, 'all was gone

(except my life); and I knew not but the next moment that

might go too' (127).

Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography is an account of

his life and begins with his boyhood life in Boston. He

later flees to Philadelphia to escape his brother's rule

over him. He relates how he was 'dirty', 'fatigu'd', and

'Want of Rest' (222).

In these depictions we can see an analogy. These

individuals are removed from their homes and families.

Although Benjamin Franklin's removal was of his own free

will. They each suffered as they no longer had the comforts

of which they were accustomed.

Rowlandson's faith was...