Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison Themes & Motifs

Lois Lenski
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Strength and Courage

In the beginning of the story, Molly’s dad tries to act like he is not scared of an Indian attack. He is not showing true courage, but taking unnecessary risks that actually lead to Molly’s capture and the deaths of most of his family, including himself. Before her parents are killed, Molly’s mom is the one who shows true courage. She guides her kids as far on the trail as the Indians take them all. She encourages them to eat and drink. She tells them to be brave. As Molly is being taken from her, she tells her to have courage and show bravery. It is her words, “No matter where you are, Mary, my child, have courage, be brave! It don’t matter what happens, if you’re strong and have great courage” (29).These words do not only send Molly...

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