The Importance Of Evils In The Puritans

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No place, person, or community has ever escaped the evils in the world, societies that were started with good ideals. Even with strict laws that outlawed all evils, they still seemed to creep their way into the Puritan society. The Puritans tried to create a city upon a hill, but this community is none of the sort, it is a community that is fearful of anything different, blindly faithful, and secretly sinful.
Logic can’t reside in the Puritan community because of all the blind faith that goes on in the community, it seems that will do anything even without a reason. In Mary Rowlandson 's Narrative of Captivity after sitting in a tent watching the light as it drains from of her baby 's eyes, she “[thinks] of the wonderful goodness of God to
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In the story “The Minister’s Black Veil” the minister Mr. Hooper wears a black veil and it shocks the whole community. Mr. Hooper was shunned unless they need him, then “dying sinners cried aloud for Mr. Hooper, and would not yield their breath till he appeared; through ever, as he stooped to whisper consolation, they shuddered at the veiled face so near their own” (Hawthorne “Minister’s Black Veil” 306). The Puritans only come to Mr. Hooper to be forgiven for their sin, then are scared when they see their own sin was much like the veil. In the short story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne this story talks about the evils in everyone. When seeing his whole town at a devil worship the devil himself tells Goodman Brown, “now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness” (Hawthorne “Young Goodman Brown 8). Young Goodman Brown realizes that the people he looks up to are sinful and are evil and he will never see them the same way again. Both Mr. Hooper and Goodman Brown see that no one in the Puritan community is free from the clutches of sin. They also know that just because someone hides their sin doesn’t make it not there. All those in the Puritan community sin and to each other on the outside they seem perfect but it is seen on …show more content…
In the Minister’s Black Veil Mr. Hooper wears a black veil for the rest of his life and the whole community shuns him for this little difference. On his deathbed he says “tremble also at each other! Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil?” (Hawthorne “Minister’s Black Veil” 307). The Puritans start to shun Mr. Hooper and treat him badly as soon as he puts on the black veil. He finds this hypocritical because they shun him just because he wears his sin on the outside the only difference between them is that the Puritans wear their sin on the inside. In Puritan societies the Puritans fear nature believing it is the place for the devil. In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Goodman brown is walking in the forest late at night fearing that “there may be a devilish Indian behind every tree” (Hawthorne 1). The Puritans being new to the Americas see the Indians (someone different) as devilish because they don’t act like the Puritans do. There are no adaptations in the Puritan society, if anything strays from the normal it is ostracized or even hated by the community. The Puritans think that if there is no variety in society that nothing can come out of nowhere are surprised them, which is inevitable in any circumstance. The Puritans as a society aren’t willing to accept change,

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