Puritan Synthesis Essay

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Synthesis Essay

The Puritans dream was to create a model society for the rest of the Christians. Their goal was to make a society in every way connected to god. But to really understand what the aspirations of the puritans were, we must first understand their beliefs. These beliefs were expressed through their writings which have been read through the years by American students. With this, American students were taught Puritan lessons of devotion, virtue, and conformity. Devotion can be defined as love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. It can also as mean religious worship or observance. Each of these definitions were significant in Puritan beliefs and expressed very strongly within their writings. Reading
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This would teach an American student how to differentiate what is important and right versus what benefits themselves only. Each of these moral principles are useful lessons for students to learn to become a more virtuous person. Aside form the lessons of devotion and virtue that are more positively influential, Puritan writing also teaches American students the ways of conformity or how to match attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms. In our modern world, there are people who act a certain way or say a certain thing to blend in with society. This happened in the Puritan ages as well. Occurrences like these were written in Puritan texts describing situations in which, for example, a group of girls were accused in participating in illegal acts and one girl particular led the other into a deadly trail of lies which costs others their lives (Miler). Another occurrence might be where all members of a community shun someone because of a crime that person has committed and even the person who assisted in the crime must keep their distance as well to avoid accusation or confrontation from their peers (Hawthorne). With these writings, American students will learn how to use conformity to avoid trouble. Ultimately, Puritan writings have many lessons to teach American

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