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    The writers Mary Rowlandson and Cotton Mather were both Puritans that both had run-ins with the Indians. Rowlandson has the basis of the Puritan beliefs regarding the Indians but also understands that they are not less than human. Mather has a very strong belief that the Indians are the devil based on his very strong Puritan belief. With the shared background of Puritanism there are many similarities in their depictions of the Indians. Mary Rowlandson had a very negative view of the Indians that was also full of respect. The Puritan’s thought that the Indians were heathens not because they necessarily were uneducated or were stupid but mainly because they did not have religion. They called them heathens because they didn’t believe in a god…

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    Cotton Mather Religion

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    has not remained continuous. The book “Wonders of the Invisible World” by Cotton Mather, presents a firsthand report of The Salem Witch Trials, where Mather attempts to justify the events through his belief that piousness ultimately defeats evil. Like most people in New England during the time, Mather was…

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    The life of Cotton Mather’s was pre-set from birth. Born of Rev. Increase Mather, Cotton Mather was destined to fall into the role of Pastor in Boston’s Second Church. While in this role, Mather wrote Bonifacius: Essays to Do Good. This book described how a Christian should live, always doing good, for nothing more than the pleasure of doing God’s work. Even Mather was not above the beliefs of Christianity. Like Benjamin Franklin once said, “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation,…

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    the principle of holiness involving character in small talk and at meetings whenever they got the chance. Gradually, they went to influencing the colony that they were in, in hopes that the leaders, of the colonies, would institute holy character into the colony. Their next aspiration larger freedom, of direct personal access to God, was their next aspiration and to the Puritans it was one of the most important ones. They wanted to be able to speak to God without the Pope having to…

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    The Crucible Arthur Miller A Document Analysis Introduction: The play is set in the small Massachusetts village of Salem early in the year 1692. A group of people who grew dissatisfied in the Church of England were called Puritans. These puritans have worked moral, religious and societal reforms. They highly believed in the black and white lines of good and evil and they populated Salem. In exceedingly pious Puritan New England, a collection of girls fell indisposed. Extraordinary or…

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    Cotton Mather wrote many works of literature taught future writers about the history of the New England colony. One of his literary works caught my eye. Cotton Mather’s “The Wonders of the Invisible World”, tells the reader about the Salem witch trials and the history of the event. Cotton Mather writes about the way he sees the event, but some people may see it differently. The trial of Martha Carrier is an odd trial. Most trials contain a lot of evidence, such as, two or more people seeing the…

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    Cotton Mather was a Puritan who settled in Salem, Massachusetts during one of the most historical witch trials ever to be recorded. Mather was in charge of recording the historical data that occurred in the settlement. From the recordings of Mather came his work titled “The Wonders of the Invisible World” which included two excerpts “A People of God in the Devil’s Territories” and “The Trial of Martha Carrier”. In his work Mather discusses the outbreak of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts and…

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    where Reverend Hale confronts Tituba about the dancing in the woods. Once Tituba confesses that she was associating with the devil and that there are many witches amongst them in Salem Village, all of the other girls then follow in her footsteps in confessing. This ultimately is what makes the court so convinced of the witchcraft, because all of the girls decide to work together so that they have the numbers advantage, so when it comes down to their word vs the defendants word, the girls always…

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    Crucible And Mccarthyism

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    How would you feel if you were accused of witchcraft? The Crucible accused multiple innocent people of witchcraft and majority of those that were accused were puritans, and those puritans were strong within their faith. Most people have zero mercy on one another and wanted to save themselves. What would you do ? The author of The Crucible and many other pieces of American Literature was Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller has won multiple awards for his pieces including Tony awards. Some of Miller’s…

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    Source Assignment #1 Russell, John. The Russell's Letter to Mather. Boston: Boston Public Library, 1683. 1. This source is a manuscript; specifically a letter. 2. The subject of this source centers around minister John Russell to Puritan leader Increase Mather. 3. This letter was written in 1683, the timeframe for when witch hysteria and perceived supernatural events were active throughout the New England region. The fact that this letter is produced during the 1680's allows a close…

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