American History And Literature : Of The Burning Of Our House, By Anne Bradstreet

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In the context of early American history and literature, varying cultures held vastly different conceptualizations of home, such as with the Native Americans originally inhabiting lands and with the settlers arriving in colonies, such as with many settlers. However, many of the basic components of these ideas of home remained the same between these different cultures. Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” represents one of the views toward home as possessed by some groups of Native Americans when he depicts the necessity of each of the tribes to join together for protection against many of the colonists continually encroaching upon lands inhabited by tribes at this time. Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666,” conveys the complicated relationship that many Puritans may have held with their homes; Bradstreet’s speaker depicts of the homes of Puritans represented their social status and enabled them to fulfill their social roles, but Puritan theological doctrine urged individuals not to rely on the physical world or possessions. This rigid dichotomy between the speaker’s religious beliefs stressing reliance only on spiritual concerns and home as being integral to identity within a community repeats itself throughout Bradstreet’s poem. Both Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” and Anne Bradstreet’s “Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666” depict prominently held perceptions of home during a…

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