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The journals of Sarah Kemble Knight ands Mary Rowaldson describe the two womens journeys in the New World of America in the Seventeenth Century Both women display numerous differences in their diction and personality and neither of them shares a great deal of similarities The authors Sarah Kemble Knight and Mary Rowlandson do however exhibit a few common traits Both are young women who are experiencing life on the frontier Each woman takes a life-altering journey and decides to record her experience But upon closer examination on both accounts it becomes evident that these women come from entirely different backgrounds and that their journeys occur under very different circumstances Knights journey to the frontier appears to have been voluntary although she does not disclose this reason for her trip or the destination She travels from Europe to the new land as an adventure Rowlandsons journey is as in the title forced and Indian savages who brutally murder her fellow villagers husband and children hold her captive Each woman writes about her experience but their styles differ greatly Rowlandsons journal is written in a documentary form She describes the course of the events in great detail and includes exact dates She writes very objectively and dispassionately about her ordeal more so to inform the reader of the events than to share her personal feelings of her tragic experience Knights journal is an account of her personal impressions during her travels She writes about her fears and frustrations as she travels through a dangerous and not always hospitable land It is more personal in nature and not meant to be read by the public While both Knight and Rowlandson are young women on the frontier Each comes from a different social background Knight originates from Europe and likely has lead a life of privilege and wealth Her European heritage is evident in her capitalization of nouns which is found in German grammar She makes
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