English 2211 Xtiaa Essay
Dr. James H. Meredith
English 2211 XTIAA
April 25, 2014
1 .In the context of this poem and the other poems we read, what exactly do you think Bradstreet means here? (10 points) In the context of her religious situation, what does this poem say about her audience?
In Anne Bradstreet’s Poem “The Prologue” The author is speaking out against the Puritans views on women and the roles they play in society at that time. In this era women were viewed as second class citizens. Women had no public influence the only time they could speak in public was to read the scriptures in church. In the following sentence “I am obnoxious to each carping tongue” the female author is saying that she ignores the negative and scornful remarks …show more content…
Edgar Allan Poe “The Fall of the House of Usher” demonstrates a rebellion against the Puritan Origins in the following Passage stated by Roderick Usher. “He admitted, however, although with hesitation, that much if the peculiar gloom which thus afflicted him could be traced to a more natural and far more palpable origin—to the severe and long continued illness—indeed to the evidently approaching dissolution—of a tenderly beloved sister, his sole companion for long years—his last and only relative on earth, “ Her decease,” he said, with a bitterness which I can never forget “would leave him (him the hopeless and the frail) the last of the ancient race of the Ushers”. (Poe 658) In Puritans society they believe that God is first and family and second. In this story it is obvious that Roderick and his sister Madeline had created a world surrounded by one another. He relied on his sister for everything to the point that when her health begin to decline his health started to decline as well. He isolated himself from the outside world by not having a social life and not leaving the house for years. He placed his sister and the house above everything else therefore making them his God which is strictly against what the Puritans believe. In his poem “The Haunted Palace” it the first stanza it stated “In the greenest of our valleys, By good angels tenanted, once fair and stately palace Snow-white palace reared…