Puritanism

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  • Puritans In William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation

    their children obedient to Puritanism, while also using scare tactics. This was the best method for parents to teach their children about Christianity since they were young (the alphabet is one of the first things taught in school) and the Puritan values were seamlessly put into the couplets. The first example of this is “In Adam fall, we sinned all” (lines 1-2). This is presenting a key idea that Puritans believe in; that we are all sinners. Puritan parents are relying on God’s word to keep their children believing in Puritanism. Another example of one of their scare tactics is “Proud Korah’s troops were swallowed up” (lines 19-20). Korah led a rebellion against Moses and was punished, along with his army and anyone close to him, by God afterwards. This is sending children the message that if they go against what God wants them to do, they will be punished. While childhood is supposed to be a time of fun, for Puritan children it was a time of going to school, maturity, and learning about God. Parents wanted to emphasis the maturity and did so by including the line “Xerxes the great did die, And so must you and I” (lines 47-48). This was put into the Puritan Primer to show children that even if they an extremely powerful and successful person, they are no match against death or God’s punishment. Again Puritan parents are scaring their children into focusing on God, instead of fun. Puritans relied on God to keep their children obedient in Puritanism. While Puritans all had…

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  • Reverses Upon The Burning Of Our House Analysis

    Plain Style and Puritanism in the Poetry of Anne Bradstreet As the English Reformation began shifting the mindset and beliefs of the Catholic church in the 15th and 16th centuries, a group of staunch Protestants surfaced. Because these Protestants believed the Reformation had neglected to completely reform the doctrines and structure of the Catholic church, they began working on "purifying" the church from within. This group of protestants became known as the Puritans. Eventually, the Anglican…

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  • Analysis Of Anne Bradstreet's Here Follows Some Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House

    The Puritans had a strong belief that anything that happens to a person it is God that arranges for it to happen. The common Puritan beliefs of Bradstreet made her accept that her loss was from God and it was a spiritually essential thing to have occurred to her, and the burning of her house was only to fight her family 's sins of material idols. This was according to the beliefs of the Puritans. Work cited Bradstreet, Anne. “Here Follows Some Versus upon the Burning of Our House, July…

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  • Young Goodman Brown And The Minister's Black Veil Essay

    Nathaniel Hawthorne was a descendant of one of Salem's judges who sentenced several "witches" to death making these stories personal for him. Hawthorne was ashamed of his ancestors, and believed Puritanism to be foolish. Hawthorne’s heritage makes him biased against Puritans, but he is using them as an example to show everyone the superficiality that exists in the whole world. Throughout the stories, Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil, Hawthorne uses symbols, characters, and…

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  • Compare And Contrast Mary Rowlandson And Cotton Mather

    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…

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  • Captivity Louise Erdrich Summary

    In the poem, Captivity by Louise Erdrich, a deeper meaning of the hardships and liberation of captivity are shown. The overall meaning of the poem the author is expressing to the reader is that one should follow the word of god while being held in captivity, but to not limit themselves to being narrow minded and limited in terms of thinking. The narrator of the poem is expressing to the audience that the experience of her capture was eventually an eye opener to her. It is a unique experience…

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  • Hester Prynne In The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

    When the Puritans came to America in 1630, they established a government where religion was a critical factor. The Puritans’ way of life was very strict; they seeked to establish a community as pure as one might find in Heaven. Their efforts were so strict that any defiance would be met with strict repercussions. Hester Prynne, the main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is a classic instance of somebody who dared to break the traditions of Puritan society. Hester does so by…

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  • Hypocrisy In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter, an overview of the Puritans taken up and treated by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet letter is a Gothic Romantic novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. The novel is a historical fiction in a historical setting Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, of the 17th Century depicting a story of a woman named Hester Prynne who gives birth to an illegitimate child and her punishment for her sin. According to the views of Nathaniel Hawthorne on the Puritan society, he portrayed…

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  • Puritanism In The Crucible

    Simply, it [the role of Puritanism] was this: for good purposes, even high purposes, the people of Salem developed a theocracy, a combine of state and religious power whose function was to keep the community together, and to prevent any kind of disunity that might open it to destruction by material or ideological enemies. It was forged for a necessary purpose and accomplished that purpose. (Miller 1) Salem’s creation as a religious haven, reliant on the strict following of Puritanism, also…

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  • Puritanism Research Paper

    Friday Topic: Puritanism Miller, Perry. "Puritans and Puritanism." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 6. New York: Charles Scribner 's Sons, 2003. 555-557. U.S. History in Context. Web. 29 Sept. 2016 Many of us understand Puritans to be a group of people who fled England for religious freedom. This is not entirely true. Most of what we learned in school were watered down facts with lots of added sugar. Puritans were not the innocent (and I use that term…

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