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Punishment of the Puritans - Humanity is complex, to say the least. We are capable of committing acts that can either be benevolent and selfless, or sickeningly heinous. One of the most renowned shows of cruelty at the hands of people are the various punishments dealt out by the Puritans. Arriving in the Northeast, their “purer” form of Catholicism significantly shaped the lives of Americans in the 17th and 18th centuries. To control their communities they used unjust and unnecessary means, all justified by their deluded religion....   [tags: Puritans] 864 words
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The Puritans - The Puritans I. The history of the Puritans The Puritans didn't give themself this name. At first it was used to humiliate the Puritans. But after a while they adopt the name for themselves. The name comes from the word pure and has the meaning "clean", "unspoiled", "proper". The Puritans origins are in England during the early 16th Century. The Puritanism was a form of protestantism in England. The Puritans are people, who believes in predestination, because of their religious conflict with the church of England and as a result of the persecution they were forced to leave England....   [tags: History Puritans Research Paper] 950 words
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The Puritans - The Puritans were a religious group that came to North America in search of religious freedom, and, in the process, greatly impacted the North American church, government, education, social mores, and economy. Many of the things that they implemented in the first colonies are still seen today in the social and governmental structures of the United States. Their beliefs and traditions are still practiced today and many social mores are still being adhered to, even now. The Puritans first became a sect in England, where they became dissatisfied with the Church of England and sought reform....   [tags: Religion Christian Christianity] 1151 words
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Puritans and the Puritan Church - The Puritans were a group of Separatists that believed the Church of England still supported some Catholic Church policies. Puritans were radical leftists that acquired a charter from the Virginia Company in 1619. This time period was significant because Charles I was the king and dismissed Parliament. Charles I also sanctioned anti- Puritan persecutions, which caused the Puritans to be afraid for their lives and religion. The Puritans did not go to America for religious freedom, but for a place to practice their own religion....   [tags: religion, american history] 499 words
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Enlightenment and Puritans - The Enlightenment period, also known as The Age of Reason, was a period of social, religious, and political revolution throughout the 18th century which changed the thoughts of man during this “awakening” time. It was a liberation of ignorant thoughts, ideas, and actions that had broken away from the ignorant perception of how society was to be kept and obeyed thus giving little room for new ideas about the world. Puritan society found these new ideas of thought to be extremely radical in comparison to what they believed which was a belief of strong rational religion and morality....   [tags: Age of Reason, Revolution] 796 words
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The Puritans and their Search for Religious Freedom - ... In March of 1621, Massasoit sent two delegates from his tribe, Pokanoket to speak with the new settlers. Included in these two delegates was Squanto, who was able to speak English as he had been kidnapped and taken to England several years before. The Native American tribe taught the Puritans how to fish and to farm(“first winter at Plymouth Colony”, O’Donnel). The Puritans believed the purpose of life was to glorify God on earth. This belief influenced their everyday activities. They did live well, only plainly, as they did not pursue happiness, but Godliness....   [tags: Massachussetts, Journey, Colonies]
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The Life Style of the Puritans - ... The Puritan religion was to be followed by community members through conversion or they were asked to leave. Gender equality was only considered within the meaning of being saved by God. Otherwise, women were inferior to men and must obey them in every aspect of their lives. Also, women were not allowed to lead prayer or worship meetings, nor could they be preachers or ministers. The Puritans lived faithfully by the words and laws of the Bible. They saw themselves to be like the Israelites being liberated by God from oppression and were chosen to fulfill an established, pure, Christian commonwealth....   [tags: religions, prayer, purification] 666 words
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The Arrival of the Puritans to the United States - ... First, the Puritans were intolerant of other religions and viewpoints that contradicted their own. Roger Williams’ banishment from the Massachusetts colony in 1635 for refusing to abide by Puritan laws he found to contradict his own personal beliefs, such as swearing oaths of loyalty to any person other than Jesus Christ, and Anne Hutchinson’s banishment for similar reasons exemplifies the Puritan’s intolerance (Sanna). Second, the Puritan faith was absurdly restrictive. While the did believe in recreation and relaxation, they believe rejoicing in God was “true” relaxation and activities such as theater, gambling, music, art, and dancing were viewed as “poison” (Daniels)....   [tags: transcendentalist, romanticism] 626 words
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Puritans and the Scarlet Letter - ... Throughout the novel, Hawthorne's viewpoint of this society doesn’t seem to show except in a few places in the novel; he usually seems to hold an unbiased, straightforward presentation of this time period. He does comment on the harshness and dreariness of the Puritans however, when Hester is in the Governor’s hall, “All were characterized by the sternness and severity which old portraits so invariably put on; as if they were the ghosts, rather than the pictures, of departed worthies, and were gazing with harsh and intolerant criticism at the pursuits and enjoyments of living men” (79)....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis] 755 words
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The Puritans in Massachusetts Bay Colony - The Puritans were a religious group from England in the 1630s who settled in the New England area. There Colony was known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Foner, 2012). The Puritans ran the show and they had a strict religion full of rules that they believed would reform the Church of England. The Puritans felt that they were like the ancient Israelites in Exodus when they were liberated by God (PBS, 2010). They had to establish a new, pure Christian common wealth. Their leader John Winthrop reminded them of their duties and obligations under the covenant (PBS , 2010)....   [tags: rules, religion, duties, women, devil] 1459 words
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Transcendental Critic of the Puritans - There is no hard definition for Transcendentalism; it varies depending on which group of Transcendentalist one talks to. Webster defines its purpose is to discover the nature of reality by investigating the thought process instead of the objects of sense. The Oxford dictionary implies that divinity can be found in all nature and humanity. Almost all definitions include a search for truth, spiritual goodness, and the nature of reality by studying nature by communing with the human soul or an analysis of the human soul’s interaction with the spirit of God....   [tags: Analysis, Hawthorne]
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Characteristics of Seventeenth Century England - Population growth, inflation, commercialization, individual competitiveness, and social Divergences are just some of the many words used to describe the future of England’s society during the seventeenth century. It seemed that humanities only goal was to become a business tycoon and hit the big time. These however were not words or used to describe the Puritans. Some Puritans of this time did not like the sound of their ever nearing future and believed it was not in god’s will for these things to happen....   [tags: Puritans] 641 words
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The Salem Witch Trials, Hysteria and Religion - Salem Massachusetts became the center of a horrible tragedy, which changed the life of many people. It was a hard time, because of the bad crops and diseases. The people in Salem had to blame someone or something. This people accused innocent people by calling them witches. They were accused by having contact with the devil, hurting people, to pinch people on their bodies and more. These actions were result of hysteria. Maybe those extraneous symptoms were result of an illness or bacteria. On the Bible says “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” This mean that any type of witch or curse will not live, so I think that quote or versus in the Bible want to explain that we need to fight again...   [tags: Puritans] 792 words
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The Puritans: Fanatic or not? - The Puritans: Fanatic or not. A religious fanatic is someone who takes his or her religion to the extreme, letting it control everything in his or her day to day life. The Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony are a prime example of this extremist view of religion. They had com plete religion based lives including the laws that they wrote, the way they treated outspoken women, and the way they treated people of other religions. The Puritans, for the most part, were good people, they just went way too far when it came to their r eligious beliefs....   [tags: essays paper] 540 words
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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Events that began in late 1691 may have been escalated due to religious discord, economic failure or fear of attack by local Indians that allied with French and Canadian communities. Is there a scientific reasoning behind this or was the puritan lifestyle and fear of the French and Indian wars raging less than 70 miles away elevating the communities fear of the devil infiltrating their small community. I will show how politics, social acceptance and the constant fear of attacks may have escalated the pursuit and conviction of these “so called” witches. Looking at this puritan society, we may learn how small fractures in the community may be construed as an atta...   [tags: The Puritans]
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Puritans and Muslims: What They Have in Common - “Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar.” “God is Great. God is Great”. These are the words which every Muslim is required to chant several times a day. The same notion of God’s greatness is also portrayed in Puritan life. The Puritans are a people of religious fervor and strict adherence to the Bible who, without doubt, looked to God in every facet of their life. It is human nature to relate to things we know in order to make sense of the topic at hand. After recently studying Puritan texts, I feel that they express some of the same ideas as the Muslims....   [tags: Religion Islam Puritan Compare Contrast] 1377 words
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Virginians and the Puritans - The Virginians were better off than the Puritans were, because they had tobacco for a cash crop, they had a longer growing season, and they could trade and sell to England easier than the Puritans could. The Virginians were also more loosely structured than the Puritans, and were allowed to be individual people instead of one large mass. Smith and Bradford’s ways of leading their colonies were similar, yet so very different. Smith’s main concern was to make money and be famous. Bradford’s concept was to start a new life, and preach his own, new religion....   [tags: essays research papers] 513 words
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Evolving as a Society: Puritans in the New World - The Puritans believed that when evil things happen, it is because of an act committed which deeply offended God. John Winthrop warned his fellow Puritans about this in his sermon, "A Model of Christian Charity." He points out that their main goal in sailing across the Atlantic Ocean was to become a "city upon a hill" and purify the Church of England. He condemns those making the journey for anything other than this—such as increasing their wealth or other economic gain. However, much to the disdain of Winthrop, many Puritans indeed did make the journey to New England for reasons other than religious freedom....   [tags: Religion, Freedom, Beliefs] 582 words
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Similar Values of Native Amercians and Puritans - Values are defined as the importance or preciousness of something. A long time ago, around the early 16 century the puritans came to the America they live with the Native Americans and had a set of values they both believed in and lived by. One may not expect to find many similarities between both of these groups, but there are many. The Native Americans were not very different than the Puritans. Native Americans valued many things like religion, family, and the concept of things being balanced....   [tags: religion, indians] 554 words
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A Critical Response to Hawthorne’s Puritans - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) is critically acclaimed for the portrayal of New England Puritans in his fiction. The grim picture of the rigid and forbidding Puritan community in his works reflects the widespread attitude towards Puritans, yet Professor Deborah L. Madsen, in her paper, “Hawthorne’s Puritans: From Fact to Fiction” claims that this monolithic portrayal of Puritanism results in a ‘powerful misrepresentation of the actual puritans [and] of the dynamics of Puritan theology’ (Madsen 1999, p 510) ....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... Instead of executing Hester, the Puritans looked upon her with mercy. With Hester’s actions contrasting differently with the majority of Puritans she stands out among the crowd. While Hawthorne utilized this character as an aid, he also contrasted the cruel Scaffold with the basic structure of a Romantic plot. The plots usually demonstrate romantic love, honor and integrity, and idealism of self (Strickland) while being arranged around crisis moments (Strickland). By combining Puritan characteristics with Romantic in the plot and characters help highlight the two worlds that lived together....   [tags: love, realism, romantic]
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Intolerance and The Puritans - When facing fear, the human race is more predictable than it would like to think. People act irrationally when confronted with threats from an unknown enemy, and quickly try to identify the source of their fear, by blaming others. These others are often outcasts, or people that are different than the norm, which is defined by society. The reaction to these adversaries is quick, and often very harsh. This type of intolerance has occurred throughout history, first in the Salem witch trials, then the Red Scare and McCarthyism, and most recently, the war on terror....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, The Red Scare]
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Puritans and Puritanism - Puritans and Puritanism This essay addresses the questions: What is Puritanism. What is the meaning of puritanism in American history. What is the Covenant as Puritans understood it. How were their ideas about the Covenant applied to their experience in America. Puritanism is one of the most important aspects of the American culture. Many of this country’s beliefs come from puritanism background. What is Puritanism and the meaning of it in American history. Puritanism is a term that originates from the religious group called the Puritans....   [tags: American History] 765 words
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Salem Witch Trials - As flawed people, achieving perfection is an impossible task. Yet, despite this inevitability, individuals strive for perfection only to reveal and witness imperfections. The Puritan lifestyle attempted to achieve this unattainable mission by setting strict morals upon the people of Salem, Massachusetts, however they struggled to do so. Salem faced a major change as a result of the Puritan ambition. Because of their thought on the ideal community as a straitlaced society, those who portrayed an imperfect model were to be isolated....   [tags: Puritans]
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Spurgeon, Heir of the Puritans by Ernest W. Bacon - "Spurgeon, Heir of the Puritans" by Ernest W. Bacon is the biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, one of our greatest leaders in the church. Although he never attended theology school, he became one of the most popular preachers in London at the age of 21. Hailing crowds of thousands, for over forty years, he was one of the most influential preachers of all time. Not only was he an amazing preacher, but he also founded churches, the Pastor's College, Sunday schools, and even an orphanage. Spurgeon lived his life from beginning to end in the name of the Lord....   [tags: Religion Religious Puritan] 1775 words
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The Foolish Puritans of The Scarlet Letter - The Foolish Puritans of The Scarlet Letter "What is one man's poison is another's meat or drink," Beaumont and Fletcher wrote in one of their plays. Almost everything in the world is interpretable in at least two conflicting ways. In The Scarlet Letter, the Puritan society shuns a character named Pearl, yet the author, who lived in the Romantic period, views her with awe and reverence. Nathaniel Hawthorne's use of nature imagery in The Scarlet Letter reflects Pearl's wild, capricious character that serves as a constant reminder of Hester's sin and whose romantically idealistic beauty frightens the Puritan society....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1782 words
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puritans - Puritan ideas on religion and Native Americans The Puritan belief structure was built around the idea of treating one another as brothers, loving one another and having compassion. The Puritans also believed everyone should be virtuous to one another. The Puritans themselves did not treat the Native Americans this way. The Puritans look at themselves as the better group of people. It did not matter who someone was or what type of skin color one had, if one did not have the same beliefs as the Puritans he or she was considered an outcast in their society....   [tags: essays research papers] 1610 words
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puritans - Their opponents ridiculed them as "Puritans," but these radical reformers, the English followers of John Calvin, came to embrace that name as an emblem of honor. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, England faced a gathering storm in religious life - the Puritan movement. Before the storm abated, the Puritans had founded the first permanent European settlements in a region that came to be known as New England. The Puritans believed that God had commanded the reform of both church and society....   [tags: essays research papers] 2048 words
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Impure Puritans in The Scarlet Letter - Impure Puritans in The Scarlet Letter In a world where society is disorganized, unhappy, and chaotic, it can be extremely difficult to provide an honest, and just law system. As a result, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, people use their religion (Puritan), as judge, jury, and executioner. For some people, it can be very troublesome to live a normal life when you are surrounded by biased and chauvinistic men and women. In this story, Hester Prynne is a victim of her religion, and her fellow townsfolk....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 779 words
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Thomas Morton and the Puritans - Thomas Morton and the Puritans An anti-"city on a hill" with a maypole compensating for something. A pleasurable refuge for indentured servants freed from service and respected natives. A place where a man just wanted to annoy his uptight, religious neighbors. Those are the obvious conclusions, but with like most anything in history, there's meaning and significance that we don't catch at first glance. Thomas Morton had an agenda, puritan leader John Winthrop may have had a secret, and there are so many fictions surrounding their whole story, it's hard to tell what's reality and what's not....   [tags: American America History]
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The Hypocritical Judgement of Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... However, because of this decision, she is not only tormented publicly, but also mentally as well. Mentally, she must keep her feelings for him hidden and carry the burden of knowing her secret lover’s true identity. On page twenty-two, during Hester’s inquisition, Hawthorne shows how Hester feels about her secret lover by having her say, “And so far as the name is concerned, I will endure his agony as well as mine. He may reveal himself if he wishes, but it would not be appropriate for me to do so.” However, Hester is not the only one who stands on the scaffold....   [tags: scaffold, torture, punishment]
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A Model of Christian Charity - In 1630, the Massachusetts Bay Company set sail to the New World in hope of reforming the Church of England. While crossing the Atlantic, John Winthrop, the puritan leader of the great migration, delivered perhaps the most famous sermon aboard the Arbella, entitled “A Model of Christian Charity.” Winthrop’s sermon gave hope to puritan immigrants to reform the Church of England and set an example for future immigrants. The Puritan’s was a goal to get rid of the offensive features that Catholicism left behind when the Protestant Reformation took place....   [tags: Puritans] 1596 words
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Puritans in New England - Puritans in New England Raised during the aftermath of the fall of the Spanish Armada to England, the Puritan generation they were children and grandchildren of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. An idealistic generation of the Colonial Cycle, the Puritans came to America seeking freedom, to practice religion in a manner different than that of the English. Puritans regarded New England as a place to establish a "visible" kingdom of God, a society where outward conduct would be according to God's laws....   [tags: Papers] 462 words
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Culture Clash: The Puritans and the Native Americans - In 1608, a group of Christian separatists from the Church of England fled to the Netherlands and then to the "New World" in search of the freedom to practice their fundamentalist form of Christianity (dubbed Puritanism). The group of people known as the Native Americans (or American Indians) are the aboriginal inhabitants of the Northern and Southern American continents who are believed to have migrated across the Bering land bridge from Asia around 30,000 years ago. When these two societies collided, years of enforced ideology, oppression and guerrilla warfare were begun....   [tags: American America History] 948 words
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The Scarlet Letter: Are the Puritans Really Like That? - The Scarlet Letter: Are the Puritans really like that. Nathaniel Hawthorne accurately portrayed the colonial Puritans of Boston in his book, The Scarlet Letter, and what their actions and reactions would have been to Hester Prynne committing adultery, and the events thereafter, which also conform to what we know about the Puritans and how they were fastidiously against sex in any form. Not hardly. In The Scarlet Letter, we see Hester Prynne, who is put on trial for committing adultery (from which came a baby girl, Pearl) after her husband had been missing for four years, and presumed lost and drowned at sea....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Sinfulness of the Puritans in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne brings to The Scarlet Letter a notion of sin and guilt that seems to stem from his experience and knowledge of Puritan theology and religious practice. In "The Custom House" Hawthorne communicates his apprehension for the persecutory impulses of his ancestors who "have mingled their earthly substance with the soil, until no small portion of it must necessarily be akin to the moral frame wherewith, for a little while, I walk the streets" (1309)....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Essays]
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Hester and the Puritans in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Hester and the Puritans in The Crucible       Hester Prynne's life was difficult and unique, with many trying events and circumstances that changed her and separated her from the common people. Great rifts eventually formed between her and the community in which she lived. These differences could be put into two categories: the outward distinction, and the inward change. The outward distinction is easy to identify. It is Hester's adultery, and it is signified in the scarlet letter A and her daughter Pearl....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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The Impact of Puritans on the Development of America and Its Influence on Modern Society - ... They believed the Church of England worshipped idols and prayed to many gods, for example the Catholic Church praying to the Saints. The Puritans broke away from the Church of England for these reasons and wanted a world where there was one true God according to their religion. The new world in America offered the Puritans this opportunity to be free from the Church of England and form their own communities according to the way they viewed Christianity. The Puritan term comes from the belief that one should remain pure in body and in thought to God....   [tags: individual freedom, liberty, pursuit of happines]
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Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... In the chapter Hester at Her Needle, she supports herself and her infant through sewing and embroidery, which she learned during rough economic times growing up. She mastered the talent of embroidery so effectively that even though the people of Boston mock and loathe her for her sin, they still beg for her work. Yet due to the financial struggle aforementioned, her family forced her into an arranged marriage with Roger Chillingworth. Her family desires for Hester to have a more successful life, which lead to their decision to marry her off, even though one can speculate that they too would have enjoyed the compensation that Chillingworth gave the family as monetary payment for her hand...   [tags: migration isolation, hester prynne]
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The Impact of the New England Puritans and the Chesapeake Catholics on the Development of Colonial Society - Many times throughout history, a specific individual or a group comes along and shapes a society. Religious groups often arrive and settle on a new piece of land, and happen to shape that society, around their beliefs and religion. The New England Puritans and the Chesapeake Catholics are prime examples to show how religion shaped the development of a colonial society. In 1624, the early 17th century, the religious group called the Puritans, settled for the first time in the New England territory....   [tags: American Colonies, ] 1141 words
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The Puritans - Creating the Perfect God Fearing Society - The Puritans - Creating the Perfect God Fearing Society The Puritans dream was to create a model society for the rest of Christendom. Their goal was to make a society in every way connected to god. Every aspect of their lives, from political status and employment to even recreation and dress, was taken into account in order to live a more pious life. But to really understand what the aspirations of the puritans were, we must first understand their beliefs. “Their goal was absolute purity; to live with out sin in a sinful world was to them the supreme challenge in life....   [tags: American History] 1635 words
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Benjamin Franklin and Religion - For many centuries, God has been changing; His interpretations are what that has changed the most about him. The God of the 1st century is nothing compared to the God that billions of people worship today. Seeing that God has undergone so many different types of transformations, I would be correct to say that many diverse understandings about His role and His teachings have come about. For example, there are several, unique types of Bibles addressing what God has said, but honestly, He only said what He spoke in one way....   [tags: Contrast with Puritans] 1126 words
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Submergence and Exclusion of Native Americans by the Spaniards and the Puritans - Submergence and Exclusion of Native Americans by the Spaniards and the Puritans        I have chosen to compare the Native Americans to both the Spaniards and the Puritans. I will do so on three levels: culture, religion, and literature. I will show how both the Spaniards and the Puritans wanted to impose their traditions upon the Native American; however, the Spaniards did so by merging with the Indians and the Puritans did so by oppressing the Indian.   To begin the comparison, I will explore the American Indians and their culture, religion, and literature....   [tags: American History]
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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - The Puritans and Love - Young Goodman Brown: The Puritans and Love Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, exposes the puritan view of love and relationships. In theory, these two visions are diametrically opposed. One exalts love as a physical manifestation between two individuals (although it also claims to represent higher ideals), the other sees it as a spiritual need, one best manifested by attachment to God. In fact, the puritans did not see love as a good thing, but rather as an evil, a grim necessity, that is, they saw physical love (between a man and a woman, or sexuality and all it carries with it) as such....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB] 1132 words
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The Puritan's Beliefs on Self Reliance - The Puritan's Beliefs on Self Reliance Are we or are we not. That is the question. Does the current generation of Americans have the same values and morals of the Puritans of the 1600’s. Some would say yes and others would say no. This paper will show both sides of the argument. It will discuss whether or not we share the values of self-reliance and honesty like the Puritans treasured. This essay will discuss the importance of the family and home to the Puritans and compare that to today’s standards....   [tags: Puritans Self Reliance Morals Essays] 757 words
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The Puritan Dilemma - The Puritan Dilemma I. Subject. This book is a short biography about John Winthrop. In this book Morgan outlines how Winthrop struggled with the dilemma, first internally, as he dealt with the question of whether traveling to the New World represented a selfish form of separatism, the desire to separate himself from an impure England, or whether, as he eventually determined, it offered a unique opportunity to set an example for all men by establishing a shining city upon a hill, a purer Christian community in the Massachusetts Bay Colony....   [tags: John Winthrop Puritans England Essays] 479 words
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The Moral Character of America - Puritans also known as Pilgrims are nonconformists who refused to accept authority. The Puritans were almost entirely city people. They were not farmers and left Great Britain because they were not pleased with the way they were treated. Even those who had lived in the country had not been farmers. So when they arrived in America as the Plymouth Colony group and suddenly had to become farmers, it was extremely difficult for them. The Puritans had many contributions such as predestine to go to heaven because they lived at a small place in Massachusetts....   [tags: Puritans, Freedom of Religion] 1205 words
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The Moral Character of America - Puritans also known as Pilgrims are nonconformists who refused to accept authority. The Puritans were almost entirely city people. They were not farmers and left Great Britain because they were not pleased with the way they were treated. Even those who had lived in the country had not been farmers. So when they arrived in America as the Plymouth Colony group and suddenly had to become farmers, it was extremely difficult for them. The Puritans had many contributions such as predestine to go to heaven because they lived at a small place in Massachusetts....   [tags: Puritans, Pilgrims, Religion] 1205 words
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Settlers and Differences in the New England and Chesapeake Region of the US - DBQ Second Draft In the early 17th Century, great quantities of people emigrated from Great Britain to begin their individual lives again in the New World. These people, once in the New World, trans-located across the eastern side of the United State, and by the 18th century, despite their English ties had formed into two distinctly large communities mainly the New England and Chesapeake regions. Although the New England and Chesapeake regions were both greatly inhabited by people of English origin, the two groups varied in their political views, geographic locations and social beliefs; but, most importantly, the two regions varied in their religious emphasis and economic motives, which sig...   [tags: Puritans, Pilgrims, Religion] 691 words
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The Minister’s Black Veil:A representation of an Inherent Sinful Nature - Who doesn’t have a deep, dark or secret sin. Unfortunately, no one does. Everyone lives life hiding it from public, keeping it away from people’s sight. The reason why we behave like this is because people have the tendency on judging each other without knowing the true meaning or the reason of the thing their judge is based. A group of English Protestants called Puritans believed that all people are born sinners, and they can never get away of their sinful nature. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a magnificent literacy work....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritans]
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Evil Atop the Mountain of Power in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... They come from similar backgrounds of having little social status or influence in their societies. In puritan society young maidens are to be obedient and serve their superiors faithfully. In McCarthy’s situation he began as a lowly politician, not very well spoken, and did not have the power of peoples favor. These devious individuals happen to be in the right crisis at the right time. Abigail takes on the title of a witch’s victim very able to identify all desired perpetrators. McCarthy becomes a rigid stronghold against the Advancing invasion of communists....   [tags: authority, communists, puritans] 1130 words
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The Arguments For and Against the Claim that the Puritans Presented a Challenge in the Elizabethan House of Commons - The Arguments For and Against the Claim that the Puritans Presented a Challenge in the Elizabethan House of Commons There has long been a debate about Elizabeth’s Puritan threat with J.E.Neale arguing that there was Protestant pressure for reform, from the “Puritan Choir” in the House of Commons, for example the Settlement was far more Protestant than Elizabeth had intended. C.Haigh has put forward a counter argument that it was in fact the Catholic Bishops in the House of Lords who prevented the Settlement from being as Protestant as the Queen would have liked....   [tags: Papers] 610 words
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The Admirable Qualities in Puritans Illustrated by Anne Bradstreet and Cotton Mather - According to Mrs. Anne Bradstreet and Mr. Cotton Mather, I think Puritans have some admirable qualities, such as the relationship with the family - especially Mrs. Bradstreet with her husband, and she was trying hard to be a great mother. In addition, Mr. Mather was strong and powerful person even though his life was darkened by disappointment and tragedy. He tried hard to make a difference for his life. From Mrs. Bradstreet's poem - 'To My Dear and Loving Husband', she had a really good relationship with her husband....   [tags: essays research papers] 792 words
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The Horrors of the Salem Witch Trials - In all of human history, people have written about inhuman beings, many of which include gods, demons, wizards, sorcerers, and witches. Nowadays, mystical beings are seen everywhere in media. Most of society stopped believing in these creatures years ago, but for 17th century Salem, witchcraft became a living nightmare (Fremon, 1999 The reason for the bizarre events that occurred during the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 in Massachusetts has been the focus of speculation and curiosity for many years....   [tags: puritans, women, gods, demonds]
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Freedom of Religion: THe Maryland Toleration Act - ... In 1642, the Virginia Colony enacted a law prohibit Catholic settlers, and a similar statue was enacted in 1647 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1719, the Rhode Island Colony imposed civil restrictions on Catholics. In 1776, after the American Revolution and the enacting of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland passed acts of religious tolerance. John Locke and Thomas Hobbes had written theories of religious tolerance in the 1690s. According to Locke and Hobbes, justice and morality comprised the formal and informal rules necessary to support social construct....   [tags: locke, church, protestants, puritans] 901 words
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Discussion of the Factors and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials - ... was a wealthy landowner in Salem and had many enemies because of land disputes and the loss of control of the village committee. Putnam also had followers including the minister of the Salem Village church, Samuel Parris. After a group took control of the village committee and voted down a tax that would pay the minister’s salary, Parris preached that the villagers had conspired against the church and that the Devil himself was present (Weiser, 2012). This would set the stage for the atrocities that of the Salem witch trials....   [tags: accusers, hysteria, puritans] 603 words
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A Study of a Character: Hester Prynne in The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She defends herself with silence, refusing to answer during the minister’s interrogation, standing firm on the scaffold through her sad eyes. At this point in her life, condemned for eternity to wear the ashamed symbol on her breast, she explains to Chillingworth, her husband and acting doctor that she wishes for death, since her past has wronged her and thus changes her life for the worse. She returns to her home, secluded from the town, and through her sadness, continues her lifestyle with her daughter, Pearl, by her side....   [tags: puritans, role model, dimmesdale]
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Relationships and Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter is a well-known novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In this novel Hawthorne wrote in depth about the Puritans’ reception to sin, in particular, adultery. He also includes brilliant visuals of the repercussions that occur when the town of Salem hears of Hester’s adultery. There are many relationships within the book, from a lover to a beautiful yet illegitimate daughter. Symbolism runs throughout, even a simple rose bush outside of a jail holds so much meaning. Hawthorne reveals themes all through the novel one in particular, was sin....   [tags: sin, puritans, adultery]
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Colonial Period Focused Around God and Church - ... An example of the strong belief that people had in God was the ferocity that Jonathan Edwards preached in this sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Edwards rants on an hour long tangent about how God at any time can expel the wicked into the hands of the devil and how only God’s grace can save us. The emphasis and power that Edwards preached is enough to bring any man to his knees. This strong belief echoed throughout America; you didn’t just have to look into a church to see it. Anne Bradstreet’s “Verses upon the Burning House” is a good example of the common ideal that God was the most mighty and that anything that happened, happened for a reason and was inflicted by God so i...   [tags: american culture, puritans, indians] 518 words
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Make a Life Worth Living with Another Soul - ... One of the biggest conflicts shown in ("The Crucible") is when Abigail and John had an affair, not only was this an affair but also lechery. After the whole town of salem had found out about their hidden sins, the minister said that he will confess and it'll be put up in the church windows and he begged not. John thinks that his sins should be between him and God. Abigail decided to leave the town of Salem to relief the stress of her reputation and what people would think of her now. John begged for clemency from his wife, minister, and the whole town of Salem, and by Abigail fleeing shows their wa of trying to make their lives worth living....   [tags: help, freedom, beginning, puritans] 798 words
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Intolerance and Hysteria in Arthur Miller´s The Crucible - ... The trials imprint all hazy inhabitants of Salem with witch craft and satanic arts and find it inevitable that these people must be abolished to preserve the holiness of the town. Characters such as Danforth and Parris retain their image and are minimally transformed to fit the screen. Small differences in action occurs in transference from stage to screen to make the movie entertaining and grappling to a larger audience, however Parris and Danforths appearance always radiates a sentiment of unquestionable authority, and in Parris’ case, selfishness and self-preservation to retain the rigidity and morals of Salem....   [tags: Puritans, Witch Trians]
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... Reverend Hale is a true example someone who is influenced by an evil person much like the townspeople in the Beauty and the Beast; the difference between the two is that Reverend Hale knows to “cleave to no faith when faith brings blood” (1268) once he finds out who is behind the hysteria. The inhabitants of Salem did not believe that young girls could be responsible for what transpired as well as the fact that they did not want to come into contact with the Devil who was not in Salem. The vengeance the population of Salem feels from a dispute or their jealousy fuels their need for retaliation and the witch trials allows the population’s vindictiveness to come out....   [tags: Puritans, England, America, History]
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No Rest for the Wicked - "No Rest For The Wicked" The ambition of the Protestant Reformation was to "place God everywhere," when in actuality it made today's world even more secular than it was. The main goal was to create a world of profit in a strong world of morality. The documentary follows the Protestant religion's beginnings to the present day. In the 1536, a young pastor named John Calvin was recruited to start a new church in Geneva following a break from the Roman Catholic Church. Calvin was inspired by Martin Luther another French theologian whose temperament was fun than that of Calvin's....   [tags: Protestant Reformation, Puritans] 870 words
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A” Carpenter 2 (Hawthorne 39-40). This passage shows how Hester accepts her community’s blame, but does not let it break her spirit. When the women are gossiping just before Hester is released, they already make judgements about her, before even laying eyes on her. "Ah, but," interposed, more softly, a young wife, holding a child by the hand, "let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart" (Hawthorne 39)....   [tags: puritans, opinions, judgements] 898 words
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Perspectives of the Obsession with Imperfections - A perfect person does not obsess, does not fail, does not sin, and does not exist. The whole universe is imperfect. We fall, rise, and learn. Imperfections are traits that characterized human beings. Flaws make us mortals and imperfect, and we must accept them as part of who we are. Because of our humanity, we cannot change the course of life or actions of our nature. Most of the time, we think of our flaws and imperfections as things we want to get rid of but instead, we must see them as divine gifts of what God gave us....   [tags: puritans, utopia, perfection]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria....   [tags: puritans, religion, the crucible]
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Witches: The Devil´s Mark - ... There are logical explanations for this though. The two young girls of the Pariss house were more than likely going through some hysteria and psychosomatic disorders. They were sickened from trying to cope with living in an adult world that did not cater to their needs as children (Medical Explanations of Bewitchment). In the Puritan society they entail the possibility for sin, damnation, common internal quarrels, and the strict outlook on marriage. This restrained the unmarried teenagers who felt damnation was impending....   [tags: puritans, symptoms, salem town]
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Biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne - When a child is born, his family is there to welcome him into the world. Whether he knows it or not, this family will eventually mold his character, views, and faith. Although all parents try their best to successfully raise their children, even the most perfect of families cannot hide their deep, dark secrets forever. Raised as a Puritan, Nathaniel Hawthorne grew up with a devout family intensely immersed in religion. As he matured, Hawthorne discovered that his seemingly pious family was disturbingly flawed, a discovery that would radically change his life....   [tags: puritans, young goodman brown]
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The Salem Witch Trials - During the seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is a seaport town populated mostly by Puritan colonists who came over from England in the seventeenth century. Beliefs of witchcraft came over with the settlers who, if caught practicing, was punishable by death. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court cases in 1692 revolving around witchcraft where over hundred people were accused, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death. England had accused people of witchcraft dating back as far as the twelfth century, and it was not until the fourteenth century that they began to arrest and try citizens....   [tags: Massachusetts, Puritans, US history]
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God in the 'Devil’s Territories:' Mather's Use of Rhetoric in Wonders of the Invisible World - ... But what is odd about the way he is arguing his point is that he does not appear to be arguing; he appears to be merely stating facts. As he says near the end of A People of God in the Devil’s Territories, “I report matters not as an advocate, but as a historian,”, saying also, “You are to take the truth.”. And yet, these facts seem tailored to convince the people, if they have not already been convinced, of the guilt of the people accused as witches. He uses ‘claim of consequence’, a form of logos that states that one thing is caused by another, to show us the guilt of Martha Carrier, accused of witchcraft....   [tags: use of extrinsic and intrinsic ethos, Puritans] 1273 words
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New England and Chesapeake Bay Colonies - By 1700, differences in religious convictions, wealth, and climate transformed the New England and Chesapeake Bay colonies into distinct societies with markedly contrasting cultures and values. Having fled England because of religious persecution, the Puritans placed a greater emphasis on religion. In contrast, the Chesapeake society, consisting mostly of men who were affected by the primogeniture laws, placed more importance on wealth and land. The climates of the two societies fostered distinct economies and new cultural practices, such as the tobacco wives in the Chesapeake region....   [tags: chesapeake society, new england, puritans] 670 words
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The Mayflower Compact - The Mayflower Compact As of September 1620, a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, a port on the coast of England (http://www.history.com/topics/mayflower). The Mayflower’s cargo was dry goods and wine but the ship also carried passengers, about 102 of them, who were all hoping to start a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. Forty of these passengers were Protestant Separatists–they called themselves “Saints”. These saints hoped to establish a new church in the New World....   [tags: church, england, puritans]
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Individualism in History - ... Franklin was much more into the emerging science that was coming about in the world. Edwards, on the other hand, was a Calvinist. He believed in predestination and the mystical powers of God. Everything Edwards did or saw could all be explained by God’s will. Although both men believed in completely different theories, they both lived by a high moral code. Franklin first listed out his highest virtues in his autobiography and secondly, tried to master every one. Both men tried to better themselves due to their strong beliefs, but they both were trying to accomplish the same things essentially....   [tags: Puritans, equality, acceptance, tradition]
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Analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller - In the play The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how a repressed Puritan town in 1692 can be turned upside down when the threat of witchcraft is taken seriously. The Puritans believe the forest is where the Devil lurks, and they are fearful of the Devil. So when Parris, the town of Salem’s Reverend, catches a group of girls dancing and magic spirits in the forest, the town suspects that some sort of witchcraft is being practiced. The girls deny this accusation initially and Abigail, Reverend Parris’s niece, blames Tituba, a slave from Barbados....   [tags: crucible, arthur miller, puritans, witchcraft] 1349 words
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The Salem Witch Trials: The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... Elizabeth, responded on Page 67 delicately, “Adultery John”. John Proctor of course has lusted and betrayed the trust of his beloved wife this only caused them to push away from each other very awkwardly. The relationship statues of Proctor and Elizabeth quickly change from distant and awkward to a protective mode. While Abigail and her group of friends have so much control and power over who is accused and not accused Elizabeth Proctor’s name happens to be mentioned in court. Mary warren who is a servant for John and Elizabeth Proctor warns that Elizabeth's name was mentioned in court in order to save herself from a whipping by John Proctor....   [tags: puritans, elizabeth proctor, innocent people]
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The Scarlet Letter Analysis - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is a classical American literature novel. It is a story that takes place in the puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the seventeenth century. The novel tells the story of a woman, Hester Prynne, who commits a crime and is severely punished by the Puritan community which she lives in. The crime is so atrocious and condemned by the Puritans that they sentence her to a life of isolation. The story follows her decisions and warring struggles of her everyday life and that of those she loves....   [tags: scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne, puritans] 1568 words
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The Mythology of Puritains - ... The Puritans held a very different perspective about marriage and sex. John Cotton, a Puritan minister, stated “Women are creatures without which there is no comfortable living for man: it is true of them what is wont to be said of Governments, That bad ones are better than none… for they are a necessary good.” The Puritans believed that marriage was a fundamental part of human life and that sexual intercourse was a fundamental part of marriage. Another Minister stated that ‘the use of the marriage bed is founded in man’s nature and that consequently any withdrawal from sexual intercourse upon the part of husband or wife denies all reliefe in wedlock.” The Puritans recognized that s...   [tags: culture, norms, values, sexual, prudes, marriage] 611 words
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Lady Harley's Letter - The letter dated September 1643 which was sent from Lady Brilliana Harley from Brampton Bryan, located in Herefordshire, to her husband Lord Robert Harley, who is currently in London one can guess taking his part in the ensuing conflict, provides a lot of details about the time. The British Civil War, which had started the previous year, seemed to have affected the country much more than it affected the city of London. This can be seen in Lady Harley’s letter when she tells her Lord “I hope…that the Lord has been gracious to us, and has sent our enemies away from before Brampton” (Gowing, 152)....   [tags: British CIvil War, Parliamentary, Puritans]
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Relationships: Now and Then - Relationships: Now and Then Do we still live in the seventeenth century. It’s very interesting to look back at the differences and similarities in men’s and women’s relationships since then. My husband, Sean, and I were brought up very differently; he was only raised by his mother who provided everything for him food, shelter, and love whereas I had the more traditional family in being raised by both parents. My father was the provider, a construction worker who worked long hours five to six days a week, and my mother, a homemaker, tended the home doing the cooking, cleaning, and also caring for us children....   [tags: Marriage Puritans Essays] 1405 words
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Hipocrisy of Religious Figures in the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne - When going into a building, whether it is a church, a school, or a workplace, a person can normally see a difference in few people. Christians usually set themselves apart from the rest of the world because they have something others do not, Jesus Christ. Religious figures such as pastors, reverends, or ministers are supposed to set a good example for everyone so that people may look up to them. Nathaniel Hawthorne had a very good example of an unrighteous man in his great-grandfather who served as a judge in the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Puritans, ministers, character analysis]
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