Bradstreet Vs Edwards

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The first pieces of early American literature were written in attempt to persuade. During the mid-1600 to mid-1700, the puritan communities in early America were becoming unruly. An attempt to a bring the puritan people back into a discipline group of people, two authors named Ann Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards began writing to inform the puritans about God. The puritans traveled from England to America for freedom of religion. Puritans focused their teachings on four main subjects: eternal life, relationship with God, religious beliefs and human moral weakness. Although. Bradstreet and Edwards focused on the same subjects their persuasive techniques differed. In Ann Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House” she uses the art of …show more content…
He demanded sinners to recognize that they will be judged by God and that form of judgement will be more fearful and painful than they can even comprehend. Edwards’s perception of eternal life was depicted as cruel to sinners which is illustrated when he said “God will have no other use to put you to, but to suffer misery” (page111).Evidently, Edwards presumed God was merciless to sinners. His religious beliefs were compelling to Puritans. He suspected judgement day was more near than expected. He states “If God should let you go you would, immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into a bottomless gulf” (page110). Edwards’s powerful sermon was the idea that the only thing keeping the sinner from the day of terror was the free choice of God to give just a little bit more time to repent. Edwards portrayed the image that if you were a humble servant to God he would pity you. This idea was shown when Edwards states “God stands ready to pity you” (page110). God view the puritan sinners as helpless. In other words, Edwards’s beliefs revolved around the fear of going to hell. Edwards’s views on moral weakness was everything but benevolence. He confirms this idea when he said “Your guilt in the meantime is constantly increasing” (page109). He express that a sinner’s guilt from their

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