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The Strict Features of the Puritan Society - Can you envision a society where a child of twelve years can read and write better than a young adult of twenty-one years old. What about a society where a child sixteen or older is put to death for violating their parent’s rules. This society is so authoritarian on the upbringing of the children. This society educates the children to be very religious. “As another writer put it, “Children and Servants are … as Passengers are in a boat. Husband and Wife are as a pair of oars, to row them to their desired haven.”” (Hollitz) The Puritan society is a society where the parents teach their children the tenets of religion....   [tags: education, sin, disobeying]
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Puritan Society in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - The play The Crucible is set in a puritan society; a society which is a theocracy, where priests and church figures have all the power. Abagail; a servant girl becomes the antagonist of the story. Abigail’s character is the victim of the Puritan society in which she rebels. Abigail’s character is one of extreme manipulation; however it does not start out like this. In the beginning Abagail is an unwedded “orphan” (1.8) who lives with her uncle. This means she is only a little higher than being deemed a slave....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]
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Puritan Society - The modern use of the word puritan is commonly used to describe someone who may have hard line views on sex, discredits recreational activities, and continually tries to impose their beliefs on others they come into contact with. However the term "Puritan" in the sense of this was not coined until the 1560s, when it appeared as a term of abuse for those who found the Elizabethan Religious Settlement of inadequate (Henretta pg 98). Puritanism has had a historical importance over time and most general views must understand the way it changed character and emphasis almost decade by decade....   [tags: Religion ]
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Women and Families of Puritan Society - Woman and family roles are considerably different today than they were back in Puritan times. Puritans thought that the public’s foundation rested on the “little commonwealth”, and not merely on the individual. The “little commonwealth” meant that a father’s rule over his family mirrored God’s rule over creation or a king over his subjects. John Winthrop believed that a “true wife” thought of herself “in [weakness] to her husband’s authority.” As ludicrous as this idea may appeal to women and others in today’s society, this idea was truly necessary for colonies to be able to thrive and maintain social order....   [tags: essays research papers] 612 words
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Puritan Society In Hesters Life - The Godly beliefs and punishments followed by the Puritans stemmed from their English experience and complete involvement in religion. The Puritan society molded itself and created a government based upon the Bible and implemented it with force. Hester’s act of adultery was welcomed with rage and was qualified for serious punishment. Boston became more involved in Hester’s life after her crime was announced than it had ever been before—the religious based, justice system formally punished her and society collectively tortured her....   [tags: essays research papers] 610 words
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Hester Prynne and Roger Chillingworth in Puritan Society - ... Hester was unable to break from her isolated mold and kept the “scarlet misery, glittering on the old spot” (Hawthorne 174). Her self- inflicted isolation was destructive to herself because she lost her femininity and passion. Her crime of passion led her to rid all passion from her life. She was afraid to sin through passion and was subdued by her isolation (Hawthorne 174). Throughout Hester’s isolation, she transcends the typical Puritan woman and rejects the common principles that governed society....   [tags: scarlet letter, hawthorne, emerson]
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Downfall of Puritan Society - Puritanism was the foundation of seventeenth century New England society. Religion played a key role in all aspects of settler’s lives and was the main factor in law-making. Puritan New England was ruled by theocracy where most of the power was held by full male church members. The settlers were expected to follow an austere Puritan lifestyle and live by its strict moral code. It was a hierarchical society wherein the most successful, well-know people received special privileges and held the most power....   [tags: essays research papers] 344 words
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Puritan Society - Puritan Society It is difficult to draw parallels between the staunch beliefs of Puritan society in colonial America and the freedom experienced in the country today. The Puritans lived strict lives based on a literal interpretation in the Bible, and constantly emphasized a fear of God and a fear of sin. Modern society looks at this negative view of humanity as a whole as an out-dated opinion from the past, believing that, "Now people know better than that." However, faults in human nature can not be completely erased by the passing of time and the modernization of society....   [tags: Papers] 2098 words
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Puritan Society in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Puritan Society in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne In The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid Puritan society, where one is unable to express his or her innermost thoughts and feelings. Everyone needs the opportunity to express how they truly feel; otherwise the emotions stay bottled up until they become explosive. Puritan society however did not permit this kind of expression. People had to seek alternative means of relieving their personal anguish and distress. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne provides a refuge, in the form of a forest....   [tags: Papers] 717 words
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Portrayal of Puritan Society in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Portrayal of Puritan Society in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter       In the introductory sketch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the "The Scarlet Letter", the reader is informed that one of the author's ancestors persecuted the Quakers harshly. The latter's son was a high judge in the Salem witch trials, put into literary form in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (Judge Hathorne appears there). We learn that Hawthorne feels ashamed for their deeds, and that he sees his ancestors and the Puritan society as a whole with critical eyes....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Ridged Puritan Society in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter: Ridged Puritan Society In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, life is centered around a rigid Puritan society in which one is unable to divulge his or her innermost thoughts and secrets. Every human being needs the opportunity to express how he or she truly feels; otherwise the emotions are bottled up until they become volatile. Unfortunately, society did not permit this kind of expression; thus characters had to seek alternate means to relieve their personal needs and desires....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays] 1118 words
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The Salem Witch Trials as a Form of Control of the Puritan Society - The Salem Witchcraft Trials as a Form of Control of the Puritan Society The Salem witchcraft trials resulted from a climate of repression, religious intolerance, and social hierarchy combined with fanaticism and the oppression of women. The Puritan leaders used the trials as a way to control the community and to prevent change in the strict social hierarchy. The trials ensured that the teachings of the church would be followed - anyone not following the church was simply accused of being a witch and punished accordingly....   [tags: Religious Intolerance Witchcraft ]
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Is Pearl More than a Mortal Child in the Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Who is Pearl, a child of sin living far beyond the limits of a moral life or just an ordinary girl living in the Puritan Society. Pearl is first seen on the scaffold being held by her mother, Hester, who took on scorn from the townspeople. The townspeople thought of Pearl as a symbol of sin, sent to the world for a wicked purpose. The townspeople had their reasons for thinking that of Pearl. One reason being that Hester committed a terrible crime in the Puritan society; adultery. Pearl is more than a mere punishment to her mother, but she is also a blessing....   [tags: puritan society, punishment, moral]
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Torment and Suffering in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is one of the most famous American author of all American literaturary history. The novel is treated as one of the greatest novel in American literary history. In the sotry, Hester, the main character of the novel, is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest as a permanent sign of her sin. The author describes torment suffered by Hester and her partner of the adultery, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale in the later years. The story begins at the end of Hester's imprisonment after her affair and through many years to her final acceptance of her place in the community as the wearer of the scarlet letter a symbol of shame....   [tags: puritan society, slavery, letter A] 642 words
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The Role of Women in the 17th Century - In 17th century Euro-America Puritan society believed that men played a patriarchal role upon women, and that this role was instituted by God and nature. The seniority of men over women lay within both the household and the public sphere. The household, immediate family living in the same dwelling was subject to the male as head figure of the house. The public sphere also known as the social life within the Puritan community consisted of two echelons. These echelons consisted of formal and informal public....   [tags: Puritan Society, Government Ties] 836 words
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Insight into Puritan Society Illustrated in Hawthorne's Novel, The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlett Letter is an American Classic and has proved to be a great contribution to American Literature. Hawthorne has allowed his readers insight into a Puritan past that held strict principles and unyielding consequences that he was all too familiar with and haunted by these horror stories of his heritage led by his own ancestors. In composing this tale Hawthorne presents a realistic image of the 16th Century and threads the importance of his knowledge of the Transcendentalist movement which brought focus to the nature of life and the right of individuals to pursue their natural desire a great contrast to the Puritanic existence he was so custom to....   [tags: American Literature] 1159 words
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Women in Colonial America - Women in Colonial America When women first arrived to the new colonies, many did not have the money to pay in order to get off the boat. This forced them into 4-5 years of servitude. Women would then be free to search for a husband. In Colonial America, the social status of citizens was based on financial standings, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. Social class was a determining factor of opportunities available to women. They had considerably greater rights than their counterparts in England, however women faced the strict rules and discrimination of a predominantly Puritan society....   [tags: equality, Puritan society]
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Sin and Corruption of Puritan Society Illustrated in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Miller's The Crucible, and Bradstreet's To My Dear and Loving Hus - Puritans may have tried to give themselves the appearance of a perfect society, but it was really just as corrupt and full of sinners as any society today. In the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet, there is evidence for this. In Puritan literature, although they try to hide it, sin is very common, in that Puritans do the opposite of what they preach, but still harshly punish those who sin. Affairs are a common sin with the Puritans that cannot be kept secret, because of the Puritan stress on faithfulness and love in marriages and the negative view of divorce....   [tags: scarlet letter, the crucible, to my dear and lovin]
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The Puritan Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Society - The time was the nineteenth century, a time of great prudishness in America but born a man Nathaniel Hawthorne that would put the Puritan society and their way to the test. A Puritan is one who follows the English Protestant lifestyle and someone who adheres to strict religious principle; also one who has a strong regard for pleasure sex and nudity. (Webster’s Dictionary, 2003) Born on July 4th 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts and of Puritan decent himself, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family experienced intense harassment during their time.(Hoeljte, pps 25-26) Experiences that today make Hawthorne not only a great author, but very well liked by readers as well....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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The Puritan Woman's Place in Society during Colonial America - The Puritan Woman's Place in Society during Colonial America The Puritan Revolution of 17th-century in America endorsed an intimate classification of women with domestic life that achieve a wide acceptance throughout the 18th century. Women were thus locked in the "created" domestic sphere while men were busy in the political sphere. However, Anne Hutchinson was a religious dissenter and she challenged the Puritan principle of conformity with religious laws was a symbol of godliness and that the Bible as the sole source of those laws....   [tags: Papers] 462 words
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Forced to Choose Between Morals and Society in The Puritan Dilemma by Edmund S. Morgan - ... This woman was known as Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan spiritual adviser. Anne Hutchinson arrived in Boston in 1634. Her ideas created a great deal of conflict which eventually caused her trial and exile. Her believes were that the Holy Spirit existed in various people and were able to communicate through them, which to the Puritans, was a crime and a sin. Puritans believed communication is only achieved through the bible and nothing more. After the trial of Anne Hutchinson, the Puritans saw it as a sign from god that it was his doing, protecting the colony....   [tags: sin, spiritual, religious] 594 words
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Hawthorne Critiques Puritan Society in His Works, Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne Critiques Puritan Society in His Works, Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet Letter Many American writers have scrutinized religion through their works of literature, however none had the enthusiasm of Nathaniel Hawthorne. A handful of Hawthorne's works are clear critiques of seventeenth century Puritan society in New England. Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and The Scarlet Letter illustrate his assessment by showing internal battles within characters, hypocrisy in religious figures, atypical punishment for crimes, and accenting women's roles in Puritan society....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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William Bradford and Thomas Morton - In the New World Bradford and Morton were both important men of our history. The stories of both great men give us an insight into the way religion and influence affected Puritan life. William Bradford said he believed, “Plymouth people were the chosen people to live out their last days in the earthly church” (Daly pg 560). Puritan settlers came to the new world seeking a better life and to get away from the rule of the Catholic Church they wanted to become a primitive Baptist church like in the Old Testament....   [tags: Puritan Pilgrim Society]
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History of Fairy Tales within Victorian Society - At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Puritans viewed fairy tales as inappropriate literature because they believed fairy tales to be a form of witchcraft. The attitude toward fairy tales soon changed when the Brothers Grimm published their two-volume collection called Kinderund Hausmarchen or German Popular Stories. Overnight, fairy tales became an acceptable form of literature. This sudden popularity raises some related questions: What are the reasons behind the increased popularity of fairy tales....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Puritan Culture] 1218 words
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Anne Bradstreet and the Puritan Community - In 1630, John Winthrop delivered his sermon “A Model of Christianity” on a boat filled with eager passenger’s longing for a new way of life, and on their way to the new world. In this sermon, Winthrop, who would eventually become governor of New England, outlined and set up what the ideals of Puritanism would entail and conveyed to his “noble flock” the notion of what they as a people would represent. “The Lord make it like that of of New England. For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.” (158) Winthrop suggested that the eyes of the world would be on the passengers of the Arabella to set the example of “good” Christian behavior....   [tags: Puritan Influence]
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Puritanism Covenant And The Perfect Society In New England - When the Puritans came to New England, they came to settle with a clear society in mind. Not only would this society be free from the persecution that they endured in Old England; it would be free to create what the leader of the religion referred to as a "perfect" society. In their attempt to escape the persecution they had come so accustomed to, they set up their own rigid belief system based on the inclusion of the human soul and the exclusion of everything else as being unimportant (Wolff 14)....   [tags: Covenant Idea and Puritan View]
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Puritan Inheritance - Today, people describe the Puritans with their biased point of view. It is not unfathomable why people do not like the Puritans. The Puritans’ society and today’s society are very different. Puritan society was very restrained; people could only believe in God and the Bible was the law. Unlike Puritan society, today’s society does not restrain religion. Even though Puritans had bad influences on today’s society, Puritans played a pivotal role in constructing the USA. If you look around more carefully, you will easily realize that some things that you took for granted were actually influenced by the Puritans, and they are very significant and necessary to today’s society....   [tags: History Puritan Religion] 1710 words
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The Puritan Story - The puritan story was a story of many things; from the landing of the first group of puritans in New England, to the formation and trouble of the bay colony bible commonwealth, to the puritans versus Indians, ending with the New England family. This story wouldn’t be anything without the help of the one and only King Henry VIII. It was King’s, tie breaking with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1530’s that launch the reformation of the protestant church. The reformation of the church led to a group people to seek the purification of the English church, theses people were known as the “puritans”....   [tags: History Colonies Puritan] 1403 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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The American Puritan Work Ethic - “Ms. GGGG, we are pleased to inform you of your 35% raise to your salary for this year’s pay. As per your hard work and dedication to our project, the business associates here at Google appreciate all you have done for our company.” Ahh. The sweet smell of success. After all of my diligence and stress over this project, I am finally able to be rewarded and it feels better than ever. None of my accomplishments would have been possible without that strict work ethic that had been implemented since the start of my internship....   [tags: sucess, american business, culture]
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Puritan influences - Nathaniel Hawthorne was born into a family that possessed prominent Puritan ancestors, and the shame he experienced as a result of their actions, as well as his odd fascination with them, had a significant impact on his life and his writings. Though it would be an overstatement to say that Hawthorne's knowledge of the Puritan way of life was his only source of inspiration, this knowledge was certainly influential as it is often reflected in the majority of his work. Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804, Hawthorne was born in a town whose Puritan past is well-known as a result of the infamous Salem witch trials....   [tags: good vs evil]
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Puritan Literature - Puritan values, ideas, and beliefs are evident in the works of Anne Bradstreet, William Bradford, and Jonathan Edwards. Through her poetry, Bradstreet reveals her Puritan values and ideals. Bradstreet was aware of a woman’s role in Puritan society and tried to portray herself as a humble, pious, obedient, and modest wife. William Bradford’s work also encompasses beliefs, values, and ideas of Puritan life. One can see that in Bradford’s writing such as Of Plymouth Plantation, Bradford emphasizes Puritan suffering specifically through the Mayflower journey and how, with the grace of God, they prevailed....   [tags: Values, Ideas, Beliefs] 881 words
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Puritan Escape from England to the Netherlands - ... The Puritans believed that women, children and servants should be obedient to males or the head of the household and subservient to their husbands authority. In exchange for a safe haven and a roof over their heads, they were expected to obey their husbands and be thankful for their position. Even though women were considered inferior, there were a few rights that they were granted. Most men would often leave the household duties to the women to delegate or complete without interference which they believed created peace between genders....   [tags: protestant, children utopia] 959 words
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Child-rearing in Puritan New England - 1. Using the primary sources in chapter 2, child-rearing in Puritan New England was described as the responsibility of Puritan parents. By introducing their children to the importance of education, Puritan parents agreed that child-rearing is a methods that will help ensure their children’s spiritual welfare (Hollitz, 22). The two main goals Puritans taught their children are reading and writing. It is a system they believed that will properly mold their offspring. Parents also taught basic beliefs of religion and principles of government to their children (Hollitz, 22)....   [tags: Child Care, Child Development, Social Issues] 1502 words
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Visible Signs of Puritan Decay - In times of Puritan society, the Ministers ruled with an iron fist as it portrays. No adultery, No drinking of vile drinks, and other stuff considered as a sin in the society has been outlawed. Stuff such as violations of the Sabbath and swearing and sleeping during sermons and also with businesses, abusing the lawyer system has been growing. Since the times of Puritan, society has been spiraling down hill fast in faith and morality. In the Puritan days, sleeping and swearing during sermons were considered disrespect to the Minister that was preaching....   [tags: Personal Essays] 645 words
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Puritan - US History Essay During the seventeenth century, the Puritans landed in New England to form the Massachusetts Bay colony. John Winthrop, the first Governor of the colony, saw the place as a political and religious refuge. He described it as “a city upon a hill.” In England, the Puritans were not free to practice their faith and were persecuted by the Anglican Church. The Puritans wanted to create an ideal society where they could practice religion at will. These people risked everything just so they could freely practice their faith....   [tags: essays research papers] 427 words
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Young Goodman Brown: Puritan Corruption, Fear and Innocence - In the 17th century the Puritans had divided into the separatists and non-separatists, the separatist Puritans established ideal Christian communities which the story “Young Goodman Brown” is to take place. Salem Village was recovering from the Witch Trail scandal, but the rest of the Puritan communities were still involved in witchery. Brown is oblivious to how involved his community is in Witchcraft. However, Brown is aware of the events in Salem, and has gained a great deal of curiosity towards learning about Witchcraft....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Puritan Values in America Today - Purely Americans The Puritan people migrated to what is now present-day America due to their persecution in Europe. Their religion observed many beliefs that did not agree with other European Christians. These ideals stayed with the Puritans as they settled in America to build their idealistic, utopian society. Even though Puritan society was largely unsuccessful in meeting their expectations, several of their fundamental values are still exemplified by Americans today. These beliefs included the dislike of anything dull, an intense hatred of tyranny, and the idea that America is a shining example for the rest of the world to follow....   [tags: essays research papers] 529 words
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The Puritan Effect - Nathaniel Hawthorne is respected as “one of the great masters of American Fiction” (“Hawthorne, Nathaniel” 363). He is an accomplished author who wrote novels as well as children’s literature. However, Hawthorne’s strength is American short story; his “haunting” tales are undeniably responsible for establishing this genre as a “significant art form” (“Nathaniel Hawthorne” Columbia 1). He is known for his “penetrating explorations” of the conflicts within one’s conscience and the consequences that plague his characters, as a result of their disobedience (“Nathaniel Hawthorne” 1)....   [tags: American Literature ]
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Puritan Life - Puritan life is probably one of the biggest paradoxes known to man theoretically. In practice is doesn’t seem like such an absurd notion. There are certain things that may lead someone into confusion over the way that Puritan life was conducted. One of these things is the object of holiness. This means that only certain members are allowed into the Puritan life after proving themselves holy. Another object that may cause confusion is the idea of enjoying oneself in Puritan life. Recreation did occur in Puritan life, but the definition of Puritan recreation is differently defined....   [tags: essays research papers] 1344 words
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Puritan Culture - The Puritan pilgrims as a society based many of their practices and customs on religion. Once in America and away from the prejudices they faced in England they were able to freely practice their beliefs as they saw fit. This led to a very strict society in which members were expected to live and behave according the theological rules which they had set for themselves. This strict society also directly influenced the way children were brought up and educated in New England. Since the pilgrims followed the writings and teachings of John Calvin they believed all men have predetermined destinies set for them at birth by God....   [tags: essays research papers fc] 357 words
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A Study of Outsiders Integrating Into a Puritan Community - Popular mythology conjures up images of Puritan New England as a pious, homogenous, agrarian community, a "Citty upon a Hill" intended to inspire the English homeland to turn to Puritan ways.(1) However, Puritan New England was more than a collection of small, agrarian communities. The harbors of New England supported shipping and fishing industries, and abundant timber and ore supplies inspired the Puritans of North America to pursue a colonial version of the English iron industry. These new American Ironworks required skilled labor; it was not possible simply to take the offspring of Puritan farmers and merchants and turn them into iron workers....   [tags: American America History]
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The Crucible: Good Puritan or Good Person? -                  In The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays the two main characters, John Proctor and Reverend John Hale as "good men". The term "good men" in this play is ambiguous.  Reverend John Hale was a good man in the sense of being the perfect and good citizen of Massachusetts in the 1600's.  He was pious, adherent to the laws and beliefs, and a good Puritan Christian.  John Proctor, on the contrary would not be considered the greatest citizen. He was not so religious, nor the perfect Christian, and was not so adherent to the Puritan's laws and beliefs....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 994 words
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Winthrop and Rowlandson: Common Puritan Ideals - During the 17th century, many Puritans set sail for New England in order to escape religious persecution and re-create an English society that was accepting of the Puritan faith. John Winthrop, an educated lawyer from England who later became governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was one of the first in North America to advocate Puritan ideals and lifestyle. Winthrop delivered his sermon A Model of Christian Charity, in hopes of encouraging his shipmates to establish a truly spiritual community abroad....   [tags: American History] 1986 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Puritan Culture - One of Hawthorne’s best novels was The Scarlet Letter which presents a stable and sad tale of love and betrayal it was set in the context of the seventeenth-century, Puritan, New England. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s authorial intentions were to be the first American writer to explore hidden motivations of characters. His intentions of his beliefs were to show people that witchcraft wasn’t real and that Puritans were paranoid. Even though he had a Puritan descent he hated them with a passion he was ashamed of what his grandfather was and he added the w to his name through the shame of his history....   [tags: Authors] 1721 words
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Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Young Goodman Brown          Puritan doctrine taught that all men are totally depraved and require constant self-examination to see that they are sinners and unworthy of God's Grace. Because man had broken the Covenant of Works when Adam had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, God offered a new covenant to Abraham's people which held that election to Heaven was merely a possibility.  In the Puritan religion, believers dutifully recognized the negative aspects of their humanity rather than the gifts they possessed....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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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 Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays the strong values of the puritans in the 17th century through the townsmen and women. Religion was a way of life for the puritans. Their values interjected in their emotions, attitudes, actions, and speech. Hester Prynne committed adultery, which defies the puritan’s beliefs. By examining the punishments that were given to Hester, Hawthorne is able to continue to emphasize the puritan beliefs and values. Community was to follow the beliefs of God and to do their duties the best they could; yet they were there to criticize and punish all who disobeyed the religion or laws....   [tags: Puritan Values, Religion] 1141 words
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Examination of Puritan Philosophy in Bradford's On Plymouth Plantation - Examination of Puritan Philosophy in Bradford's "On Plymouth Plantation"      The Puritan people first came to the New World to escape the religious persecution that hounded Non-Anglicans in England. They established the Plymouth Colony in 1620, in what is now Massachusetts. The colony was a reflection of the Puritans' beliefs. These beliefs, along with the experience of establishing a colony in "the middle of nowhere", affected the writings of all who were involved with the colony. In this writing, the Puritan philosophy behind William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" will be revealed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1739 words
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The Truth to the Puritanism Lifestyle in American Literature - The Truth to the Puritanism Lifestyle in American Literature There are many suspicions about weather Puritanism is accurately depicted in books. This should clear things up a bit. The depiction of the puritan life style in American Literature is in some ways inaccurate but it is mostly accurate. The Puritans' were very religious but their family and social traditions were vaguely addressed. In literature such as The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", "The Devil and Tom Walker", the Puritan lifestyle is mostly accurately depicted even though some things were left out....   [tags: Puritan]
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The Role of the Puritan Church in the Salem Witch Trials - The Role of the Puritan Church in the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials were a time of confusion, where half a dozen girl accusers threw the town of Salem on its head. The end result was 19 hung and one crushed to death for failure to admit or deny witchcraft and 150 more were imprisoned throughout the course of the trial (Hall p38). The Puritans came to the “New World” for their religious freedom to fallow their ideals for a new way of life, the “perfect way of life.” They were issued charter--to live on the land--....   [tags: Papers] 1838 words
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The Puritan Community in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Puritan Community in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorn takes place in Boston of 1640 of Puritan community. It shows a dark, gray, violently moral society found as a kind of Puritan Utopia. The main characters in the story are Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth. This novel illustrates the effects of sin on the heart and minds, how a person's downfall may be caused by the destructive human emotions of hidden guilt and revenge....   [tags: Papers] 690 words
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The Functions of Pearl in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrorne - The Functions of Pearl in The Scarlet Letter The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a revolutionary book for its time. Its description of simple Puritan society with a rebellious female protagonist make it exceptionally unique. In a book filled with symbolism, one of the most important characters is the protagonist’s daughter, Pearl. The offspring of an adulterous relationship, the small Puritan child serves to represent the sin that created her, as well as her mother’s own passion....   [tags: puritan, rebellious, sin]
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The Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Purpose - The Scarlet Letter is a romance written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that takes place in the Puritan Community in Boston, Massachusetts during the 17th century. It tells the story of Hester Prynne, who commits the sin of adultery with the minister of the church, Reverend Dimmesdale, and conceives a baby girl, Pearl. Hester's husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns and seeks revenge. As Pearl grows up, her mother learns how to deal with the scarlet letter of shame and Dimmesdale feels guilt. When they decide to run away, Dimmesdale confesses his sin in public and he dies....   [tags: Puritan Community, Literary Analysis]
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The Puritan Experiment - The Puritan Experiment The Puritan experiment carried out in New England was a failure. The reason for this was that the people simply lost faith. The contradictions in the religion and the general feeling of betrayal caused the people to reject the ideals that were once held as sacred and perfect. The puritan religion was based on several tenants that, for a most part, contradicted each other. Man's fate was said to be pre determined and salvation was out of his control, but at the same time, man was expected to live a near perfect lifestyle for no truly justified reason....   [tags: Papers] 678 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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Some of the Puritan Beliefs that Led to Tensions, Conflicts and Concerns among the Coonists and/or Native Americans - ... these people were received well with enthusiasm and were discovered to believe in ways that were parallel to those of the Europeans. They also held that the supreme God both tested and favored them. In their teachings, the devil’s description was that of a tormentor and a tempter, who tirelessly worked in attempt to disorient them. However, they were encouraged to always be ready for him and defeat him so as to receive God’s promise, eternal salvation. Religion played a significant role in the Native American Society as well as the Puritan Society even though both of them believed in varied ideologies....   [tags: role of religion in American history]
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The Scarlet Letter - Throughout Hawthorne’s novel, “The Scarlet Letter”, conformity and individuality play a big part within the Puritan society. Many of the characters are faced with the choice of conforming to the Puritans beliefs, which would ultimately prevent a person from having his or her own identity. Throughout “The Scarlet Letter”, most of the characters are required to conform to what the Puritan society wanted while others ventured out on their own to in order to create their own individual identity. In the end, a few of those who had made the choice in the beginning to conform to what the Puritan society believed was acceptable regretted their decision and in order to find peace within, became ind...   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, individuality, puritan]
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The Scarlett Letter: Civil and Natural Law - Failure to respect God's standards often roots obscurity in recognizing one's own sins. For this reason, Nathaniel Hawthorne attempts to maintain a dark and truthful view of mankind, his romantic historical fiction novel; The Scarlet Letter reveals both the author and man's common struggle to discern the difference between Civil and Natural Law, the means by which they deceive themselves, justify their actions, and seek redemption. Not to mention, the setting impacts the evolution of the plot dramatically as certain bold individuals take on the role of romantic heroes, fighting the Puritan Utopia in both a proper and improper manner....   [tags: nathaniel hawthorne, human nature, puritan]
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Hester's Deconstruction of Puritan Ideals in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - The Scarlet Letter - Hester's  Deconstruction of Puritan Ideals     Hester, the protagonist in Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, effectively challenges the efforts of the Puritan theocracy to define her, and at the same time, contain the threat she poses to the social order.   Throughout the novel Hester bears the mark of an "A" embroidered on her chest which was originally intended to label her as a social outcast, more specifically an adulteress to the rest of society. She wears the "A" for many years after she bears her "illegitimate" child with virtually no objection....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]
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Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative - ... The passage also shows that God, according to the Puritans, is a very strict God. He does not tolerate evil acts, and requires that His followers obey His will, or they will be cut off from his presence and blessings. God is so intolerant of sin and evil, that Mary accepted that it was ok for God to take way her children and her lifestyle. On the other hand, God, according to the Puritans, is also merciful to His own people. At the end of the phrase, Mary stated that God showed mercy to her by helping her through her afflictions....   [tags: Puritan literature]
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Darret B. Rutman's "Winthrop’s Boston: A Portrait of a Puritan Town" - Winthrop’s Boston: A Portrait of a Puritan Town, 1630 - 1649 by Darret B. Rutman was published by Norton Library in 1965. This non-fiction novel tells the story of John Winthrop settling and setting up the colony of Boston. Rutman also shows what Winthrop had ideally thought of the task and the actuality of the situation. Body Rutman’s main purpose for writing this book was to show the differences between what Winthrop thought his American life would be, and what it turned out to be. Winthrop’s Boston: A Portrait of a Puritan Town, 1630 - 1649, portrays the story of John Winthrop setting up his dream....   [tags: Winthrop’s Boston, Darret B. Rutman, ] 1265 words
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Literature During Early America - Nathaniel Hawthorne's literature exhibits the influence of many factors. Much of his literature addresses Puritan culture in early America, commonly focusing on the shortcomings and hypocrisies that became apparent during the numerous witch hunts. Many of his works are allegorical, using the Puritan setting to portray his own ideas about ancestry, history, and religion. While The Scarlet Letter and House of the Seven Gables are among Hawthorne's most known works, he produced a large sum of work, including many famous short stories....   [tags: puritan culture, church, protestants]
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Arthur Miller's Criticism of Society - Writers may use literature as a vehicle of social criticism. In which ways does Arthur Miller criticize society. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a play that was first performed in 1953 in the United States of America in the midst of the persecution of alleged communists during the era of McCarthyism. Although the play explicitly addresses the Salem which hunt, many find that the play is an analogy to McCarthyism due to the striking similarities in which the people behaved. Miller highlight the different groups of characters in order to reveal overlying ideas of the play such as: Self preservation, power, and hypocrisy....   [tags: using literature as a vehicle of social criticism] 949 words
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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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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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Christina Rossetti: Poetry and Devotion - The Victorian England witnessed many developments ranging from the social to the literary fields. Literature being the very reflection of society since ages continued in the nineteenth century England also as the vehicle of expression. While the scientific advancement was the trend, there were many writers who sought a subjective involvement with life owing to the growth of uncertainty and doubts and took refuge from the religious domains. Poets like Matthew Arnold saw religion as the perfect hope for sustenance and apart from him, there were many other writers who made their say whether in the form of poetry or prose and contributed to the world literary domain....   [tags: Anglo-Catholic, Victorian, Puritan]
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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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Alienated Society in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - ... She finds a way to grow personally despite the restrictions society has placed on her. While Hester’s sin is the initial cause of her alienation, Puritanical beliefs perpetuate the void between Hester and community. The puritans believed man was incapable of any goodness without God. Sinners were rejected by both church and state, as Puritan colonies were founded on strict moral principles hoping to serve as a perfectly holy template for surrounding areas. David Sorrels comments that “Puritans were preoccupied with punishment and death”....   [tags: regulations, hester prynne] 1121 words
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