Sarah Kemble Knight. Journal.

 

Group A: Our group found passages to support the idea that Knight was courageous. On the first day of their journey they encountered a thick swamp On the second day they crossed a river which "greatly terrified" knight. She goes on to say "I now ralyed all the courage I was mistress of ..." (now would seem like a good time for a woman from the city to call it quits!) On day three Knight can not cross the river because the water is too high at present so she stays at "a little cottage." Knight says, "this little Hutt was one of the wretchedest I ever saw a habitation for human creatures." Also on day three Knight says "an Indian-like Animal come to the door." If knight is concerned about her safety she doesn't write about it. On December 21 they encounter "a great storm of wind and snow." Winter probably wasn't a good time to take a road trip!

 

Group B: By taking her journey, Sarah Kemble Knight proved her self-reliance and independence. Here are a few dates and instances that really stood out in our minds. Oct. 2nd- Knight bribes John to leave with her. Oct. 3rd- She begins to conquer her fear of drowning by crossing the water in a canoe. Oct. 4th- Knight survived the cruel treatment by "Mr. Devills" and his daughters. Dec. 21st- Knight makes it through illness without much distress. March 3rd- Knight shows her inner strength in that she could be away from her child for so long.

 

Group C: On Oct. 6th, her egotistical and wealthy side shows when she notes that she intends to "hire somebody" to go with her to New Haven. She assumes that she can convince someone to go on this dangerous journey if she offers them the right amount of money. On Oct. 3rd, she shows that unlike many other Puritans of her time, religion does not define her. Her poem has very little to do with God and his power in her life. Oddly enough, this character shows fear throughout the piece. Her fear of drowning is shown on Oct. 3 and Jan. 6. It shocked our group that this "tough" woman could admit to any fears. In the end of the Jan.6 entry, we find out that in order to take this dangerous journey she was willing to leave behind her mother and only child. This shows her self-centered nature. On Oct. 3 in the third paragraph, Knight has a bit of a wake-up call when she realizes that on this journey she is just like everyone else. These conditions will be as harsh on someone like her as they would be on someone of any class and background. "leaving poor me with the rest of this part of the lower world. . ."

 

Group D: . The first thing we notice about Knight is that she is a risk taker, this is seen when she puts aside her fear of drowning riding in the canoe "which greatly terrified me". We also noticed that throughout the journey, she is very self reliant when it comes to money. This is also seen in the beginning of the journal, "Having here discharged the ordinary for self and guide. The poems in her journal show her to be materialistic. Even though the mention a church, it is not particularly about God. She is not religiously dependent, as was Mary Rowlandson. The final thing that we noted about Kninght is her norm for judgment. This is seen when she encounter the Dutch women, Knight uses herself for the reference for her norm.