Comparing Rowlandson, The Iroquois, And Thoreau

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Do you believe in god? The word “god” resonates with many people for different reasons. It forces emotions that fluctuate depending on where one is born and how one is raised. The theme of god has often relied on cultural boundaries, forcing writers like Cotton Mather, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, the Iroquois, and Thoreau to change their perspective on spirituality.
Cotton Mather was a Puritan minister, pastor, and a writer. Mather’s writings helped capture how moving the hopes of the first generation of Puritans were, allowing readers to sense the urgency in the Puritan community to find eternal happiness (Mather 150). Mather was born into a Puritan family with a pastor for a father (Mather 150). God was deeply rooted in his life from the minute he was born and has shaped each part of his life, whether it be as a preacher, theologian, or a historian. He believed that New Englanders were now settled on ground that was once the devil’s and due to that, the devil was punishing them by introducing witches to their
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Her writing was aligned with trying to find a Christian purpose in her life. Rowlandson remained hopeful, “‘Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine Heart, wait I say on the Lord’” (Rowlandson 134). Her belief in god helped get her through captivity. Rowlandson views her experience in relation to god and the bible, seeing herself in scripture helped empower her. Religion was her saving grace, everything she did while enslaved was through the lense of a Puritan woman. She constantly referred to the Bible, “But the Lord helped me still to go on reading till I came to Chapter 30 the seven first verses, where I found there was mercy promised again, if we would return to Him by repentance” (Rowlandson 133). Rowlandson looked to god for hope, she was able to keep going because through her captivity she found god’s purpose in her

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