The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos

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In the first sentence John Demos says: "I wanted to write a story"1. It's rather strange to notice that this well-known historian really wanted to write a story. But it's quite obvious that through easy and accessibly writing style he wanted to show some very significant idea from the history of America.


Unhappy with the established church in England Puritans came to Deerfield, Massachusetts united by their faith. Their aim was to build the society that will undoubtedly stick to the ideas of Puritanism, the ideas that held those people together. Their spiritual and religious leader John Williams supported his people in everything always being true to his believes, he stayed the leader even in hard times of captivity.
It's symbolic that the whole situation is depicted through the family relations of the leader of Puritans. There were many ordinary people who died during the massacre in Deerfield in 1704 and many more who were captured. But the tragedy in the family of the leader shows the problem the most clear.
If it were only the captivity of Puritans to assimilate them with the natives to exclude all the possible unities of different believes, it would be perceived as a cruel but ordinary fact in the history of America. If it were shown as a deed of resistance of Puritans, the story would be about brave and faithful people. But here it is about those who didn't want to come back.
Eunice Williams was 7 years old when she was taken to captivity. She saw her mother being killed during their march to Canada, and then she was separated from her family at the mouth of the White river. Nevertheless the daughter of Puritan leader chose to stay with her captors.
She was young enough to understand what was happen ...
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