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A Comparison and Contrast of the Supernaturals 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 Franklins The Autobiography is an account of his life and begins with his boyhood life in Boston He later flees to Philadelphia to escape his brothers rule over him He relates how he was dirty fatigud and Want of Rest 222 In these depictions we can see an analogy These individuals are removed from their homes and families Although Benjamin Franklins removal was of his own free will They each suffered as they no longer had the comforts of which they were accustomed Rowlandsons faith was remarkable considering all that she endured Through out the narrative she must rely on her
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