Section Discussion: Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives 11/15/13
• How are the women portrayed in the book? (Gender roles)
o Panther captivitywoman was independent she used force and was
standing up for herself in the middle of the wilderness
o Jemimahsurvives lots of physical problems and gets beat up by the chief
o Women are showed as powerless and dependent on men
o They tried to stay strong despite the abuse of their kids so that the other
kids wouldn’t be abused
• How do the roles in the family compare to the roles as captives?
o As a captive they are constantly in fear
o Mary, the ministers wife, is use to exerting her power over the Indians.
However, in captivity she had power exerted over her
o Men would be hunting so women had to help in Indian community. This
was not the case in the European community.
• How were the works influenced by having a man edit them?
o They changed them so they would mak