Essay on Will Power and Uncertainty of God

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Marry Rowlandson in a narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration Mrs. Marry Rowlandson" shows that she passed her difficulty through her fortitude, resilience and by the help of God. For example, she narrates, Lord still showed mercy to me; and as He wounded me with one hand, so he healed me with the other (Baym and Robert 261). Similarly in a The pilgrim "Chapter Ix of Their voyage and how they passed the sea and safe arrived at the cape cod shows that fortitude, resilience and the help of God helped them to rich their destination in a way that they were committed to what they believe in. For example Being thus arrived in the good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees, and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean and delivered them from all the perils and miseries (Baym and Robert 133).

In a narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration Mrs. Marry Rowlandson," her fortitude and resilience helped her to pass through the difficulty in her captivity. For instance, Rowlandson narrates that All was gone, my husband gone, my children gone, , my relations gone and my friends gone, our house and home and all our comforts-within door and without- all was gone (except my life), and I knew not but the next moment that might go too. There remained nothing to me but one poor wounded babe (Baym and Robert 259). This means she had no way to escape or take revenge, and there was no way to survive. The attack and the subsequent her captivity shows that nothing is certain and life is short. Her moral courage and physical fortitude within a cruelly oppressive environment gave her the inner strength to survive and overcome social oppression. To her The Lord hereby would make us the more acknowledge His hand, and to see that our help is always in him (Baym and Robert 258). Tragic optimism gave her the spiritual resilience, which she needed in such an oppressive situation. So at this point all she did was accepting the situation and have the courage and resilience to pass through this brutal situation. When death seems inescapable and everything seem shattered God gives one the will to live. It was her intention to choose rather to be killed by them than taken alive, but when it came to the trial my mind changed; their glittering weapons so daunted my spirit, that I chose rather to go along with those (as I may say) ravenous beasts, than that moment to end my days (Baym and Robert 259). Life had a meaning to her to its last breath. Her tragic optimism gave her rays of hope, a time when all realistic hopes for survival had perished. Similarly in the pilgrim chapter Ix of their voyage and how they passed the sea; and of their safe arrival at the cape cod shows that fortitude, courage and resilience helped them to pass through and reach their destination. For example, after they had enjoyed their fair winds and weather for a season, they were encountered many times with cross winds and met many fierce storms, with which the ship was shroudly shaken and her upper works made very leaky; and one of the main beams in the midships was bowed and cracked which put them in some fear that the ship could not perform the voyage (Baym and Robert 131). In such desperate situations, they believed in tragic optimism, which emphasized the importance of solidarity, compassion and self-transcendence in trying times. The reassurance that the ship was strong and firm under water reduced the fear and they came together to help each other survive. This takes a lot of devotion and resiliency as whatever the risk they kept on moving forward and believing they would reach their destination. Tragic optimism gave them fortitude, resilience and courage, thanks to their faith as they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed (Baym and Robert 132). This statement captures the importance of increasing their resilience and fortitude to become better and stronger. Therefore, there fortitude resilience was fueled by love, hope and faith.

Both texts show that above all they passed their difficulty through the help of God. However, how God helped the pilgrims was quicker than how God helped Marry Rowlandson. For example there is a time Marry Rowlandson asks herself why the natives keep winning; I think God is punishing us Throughout the narrative Marry Rowlandson compares herself to Daniel in Lions den, to job, and to the Israelites. She remains in the mercy of God just like the Biblical figures and believes that Everything that happens, happens for a reason, and both good things and bad occur because God arranges them (Baym and Robert 259). She keeps her faith and sees everything as a blessing or as Gods will. Rowlandson narrates, "Yet the Lord still showed mercy to me; and as He wounded me with one hand, so he healed me with the other (Baym and Robert 261). She uses these words because she was referring to her situation. She is wounded in captive, but she meets Robert Pepper who teaches her how to use the oak leaves in treating the wound (Baym and Robert 261). Her belief in God gives her hopes and encapsulates the broader Puritan worldview. Thus, Rowlandson saw no help in anything other than from God. Her belief in God helped her learn, understand and express confidence in the knowledge of Gods power and mercy, which was critical to her survival. Similarly in the pilgrim chapter Ix of their voyage and how they passed the sea; and of their safe arrival at the cape cod they were together in one ship and many were afflicted with seasickness, but the just and merciful hand of God was upon them. One of the seamen cursed the sick daily with grievous execrations and hoped to cast some of them into the sea before the end of their journey, but it pleased God before they come half seas over, to smite this young man with grievous disease (Baym and Robert 131) becoming the first individual to be thrown overboard. The scene also gave them the assurance of God power and the certainty of life. Thus, they saw God as their only hope, and by Gods providence, they survived. They cried and praised God because He is good and His mercies endure forever (Baym and Robert 134). Their belief in God produced values determination and fortitude they used to survive all the difficulties and hardships they encountered.

Fortitude, resilience and perseverance to deal with the adventures and the help of God helped them to pass through their difficulty. It was a sign of divine favor and a blessing from God for the sailors and Rowlandson to survive. There resilience and fortitude was fueled by love, faith and hope. Thus, their belief in God was critical in producing values of determination and fortitude, which helped them survive all the difficulties and hardships they encountered.

Work Cited

Baym, Nina, and Robert S. Levine, eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Eighth International Student Edition. WW Norton & Company, 2011.

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