Captivity Narrative

Captivity Narratives in Puritan Culture; propaganda of narrative tales a staple in Puritan culture

• Typically a single individual, usually female, who stands passively under the strokes of evil, awaiting rescue by the grace of God;
• Represents whole chastened body of puritan society, dual paradigm of bondage of soul and flesh, self-exile from England/Israel, all that is puritan and analogous to ancient Israel;
• Meet and reject temptation of Indian marriage and/or Indian’s cannibal Eucharist;
• Redemption by grace of God and puritan magistrates linked to regeneration of soul in conversion;
• Threats, dangers (tests of faith) result in ultimate salvation which is offered by proxy to other faithful in community.