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Anne Bradstreet and Mary Rowlandson.

Anne Bradstreet and Mary Rowlandson were two puritan women whose writing portrayed them to have had strong religious beliefs. Both Mary Rowlandson and Anne Bradstreet religious puritan values allowed them to survive the harsh struggles that they endured in their live Mary Rowlandson main struggle was her captivity when the Indians tried to regain the lands that belonged to their tribe. On the other hand Bradstreet struggled with childhood diseases and deadly childbirth experiences. Even though both Bradstreet and Mary Rowlandson had different struggles; both overcame their difficulties through their faith.

Mary Rowlandson relied on her faith in the providence of God to keep going with herself during her period of imprisonment when the Indians ruined her town of Lancaster in February of 1676. Rowlandson, the wife of a minister, was one of the villages taken captive. Rowlandson along with her youngest child was separated from her husband and other children. During her captivity she depended upon a Bible acquired from an Indian. Her ultimate rescue and reunion with her surviving children and husband declared her faith in her God. Rowlandson looking back at the attack of the Indians on her village, she wrote that God "orders all things for his holy ends". Mary Rowlandson strongly believed that God was punishing the puritans who had strayed from their agreement with God and was inflicting this punishment through the Indians. She substantiate her belief that God punished her people through the Indians by quoting the voice of God saying "Oh, that my people had harkened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways; I should soon have subdued their enemies and turned my hand against their adversaries". She believed that she was doing what God planned for her, that no even if she had perished in the hands of the Indians, it was preordained.

Anne Bradstreet was the daughter of Thomas Dudley, and got married to Simon Bradstreet when she was sixteen years old. Due to her childhood diseases and deadly childbirth experiences,



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