Thomas Morton was not a supporter to the Puritan cause. In fact, he was friends with many "highly placed persons" in King Charles' court that "were all unsympathetic to the Puritans" (138). In his writing he is relentless in prodding and making light of the Puritans. It is clear that he had a strong distaste for them. It is also clear that he was very well versed in the classics. He makes numerous allusions to Greek mythology that offer glimpses into his educational background. He wasn’t above cheating to get ahead. Before he came to America a business partner of his was murdered and Morton was a suspect but never arrested (138). Upon arriving in America he soon raised the ire of...
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...ton was detained and shipped back to England with John Winthrop around. Winthrop had no place in his ideal colony for a man like Morton that was interested in only partying and wealth. Winthrop wanted men that would live for Christ. Morton wanted to have a good time. These two men were polar opposites and lived in very close proximity to one another. While it made for tension and conflict between the two it also has made for an interesting time in history for the readers of present day. Each man had extreme views for what they wanted in America. Morton wanted a playground while Winthrop wanted a new religious life to live for God. In the end, they both weren’t entirely successful. America has found a middle path, where some people live for God and others for leisure. These people have also learned to live together in this wonderful free country of ours.
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