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Comparing Sin in Fire From Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea

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Sin in Fire From Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea

In Fire from Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea, the

authors take a stance on men and women committing sinful acts and using it

as a main position in their work. They write from a very religious

perspective which is probably due to the time period in which their work

was written. They develop this idea in very different perspectives

to get their point across. They express this position vividly throughout

their work.

David Underdown didn't live in this time period, but his work was a

work of history and his ideas coincided with those of the Puritans. He

uses these ideas to take a position on the Puritan's side and to better

explain the good they were trying to achieve. The Puritans of Dorchester

as we have learned about our reading, were a very religious group who

wanted to create the perfect society. Their mission in Dorchester was to

make extinct all the sinful acts of the townspeople. The struggle they

started soon ended in failure. They were a definite influence upon his work.

His views of sexual misconduct between married men and women being worse

than that between unmarried people probably come from his growing up in a

more modern world. The Puritans probably did distinguish some, but it

wasn't very prominent or apparent. His makes this point clear in the

passage, "Misbehavior among married people was especially serious, as it

was likely to disrupt existing families, which were of course regarded as

the essential foundations of any ordered, virtuous society(p.66)." The

Puritan influence is very prominent in excerpt from the previous quote,

"families,... the essential foundations of any ordered, virtuous

society(p.66)." Underdown also makes a reference to the others towns in

the area and how the Puritan presence made a difference, "It is unlikely

that Dorchester people were any more, or any less, loose in their sexual

habits than their neighbors in other place. But stories of their misdeeds

even in the years of the puritan ascendancy are abundant(p.66)." With this

passage the author shows how the presence of the Puritans changed the total

view of the town and its people.

Underdown used the sinful acts between men and women to draw out
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