Analysis Of Oh Susanna By Stephen Foster

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Eventually, the presence of America Puritans listening to a collection of Stephen Foster’s Song Book, created a sense of sorrowfulness and passion toward God’s word. Through Foster’s message in musical lyrics, it was believed God was able to justify Crèvecœur’s idea because of the misunderstanding of the wilderness and how it was brought upon Puritans. As a result, Puritans exploited the wilderness and used it to their advantage in exploring westward from the Colonies to achieve survival and prosperity, excluding the Puritan mentality. In particular, one of Foster’s greatest songs, “Oh! Susanna,” was a sensational hit for many of Americans explicating the wilderness through the lens of Crèvecœur and Winthrop. In addition, the musical lyrics that relate to the image of Foster’s idea come from the third verse “I had a dream de odder night, when ebery ting was still; I thought I saw Susanna, A coming down de hill. …show more content…
Foster emphasized how Americans have misunderstood the idea of self-preservation, which was implemented by Crèvecœur. Furthermore, Foster reasoned with the development of his idea of self-preservation—to become a professional songwriter and only working for himself—because the majority of Americans interpreted this song as an idea to expand westward. However, the essential key of following God’s word in Puritan mentality was quickly misinterpreted by American Puritans. Winthrop’s sermon represented the guidelines to follow the idea of the Puritan mindset, not to mention, how Puritan communities should get along with one another as a community. The key for American Puritans to understand how to survive in the wilderness was to come together as a community, to conquer the reason for why God presented the challenge of the wilderness upon American

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