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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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The ' Puritan Community '

- Puritan community. They do everything as a whole and that is what they believe in. In this article it says, “Such an adamantly ridged society, of course imply that any form of individuality will be considered subversive and dangerous” (Bonnet 32). The main cause of this entire process is a combination of individual and social passivity. The character Abigail is out of lust for Proctor and out of jealousy for Elizabeth Proctor which was spoken earlier in the text. In the article, it also approaches that “Every single person can avail himself of the opportunity to weak his own personal vengeance on his neighbor....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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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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Salem Village, Massachusetts Is The Home Of A Puritan Community With A Strict Moral Code

- Salem Village, Massachusetts was the home of a Puritan community with a strict moral code through 1691. No one could have ever anticipated the unexplainable events that were to ambush the community’s stability. The crisis that took place in Salem in 1962 still remains a mystery, but the accusations made by the young girls could be a result of ergot poisoning or the need for social power; this leads the people of Salem to succumb to the genuine fear of witchcraft. Trials regarding the witchcraft began at the dawn of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, were said to be bewitched....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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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]

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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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Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692

- Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 took place in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts. Cotton Mather, a clergyman in Salem, emerged throughout the course of the trials as a pillar of support and, ultimately, as a witch-hunter. However, his motives at the beginning of the trials were driven by his Puritanical reasoning which holds a strong belief in Biblical Law. Cotton Mather used his Puritanical faith to find reasoning in God that allowed the Salem Witch Trials to occur....   [tags: Puritan Community Salem, Massachusetts]

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Puritan Influence On New England

- The Puritan Influence in New England The ideas and values held by the Puritans such as the separation of church and government, no toleration for other religions, the belief in high education, and a hard work ethic, influenced the political, social, and economical development of the New England Colonies from 1630 through the 1660s in many ways. These Puritan ideas and values affected the outcome of the New England colonies in several ways such as the creation of new colonies, the development of towns, the way children were raised, the right to vote, and the right to go to war....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts, Christianity, Puritanism]

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The New England Town Of Dedham As A Christian Utopian Closed Corporate Community

- According to popular history, democracy, acceptance and equal opportunities for all, were integral parts of society in the United States ever since the settlement of the New England colonies. In Lockridge 's book, he attempts to dispel these myths by using the New England town of Dedham as a case study showing that although Dedham had some these uniquely 'American ' aspects, the majority of them were in fact gradually developed over time. Lockridge refers to Dedham as a “Christian Utopian Closed Corporate Community”....   [tags: Massachusetts, New England, Puritan, Democracy]

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Resistance And Dissent Of The Puritan Faith Through Anne Bradstreet 's Letter

- Resistance to Dissent of the Puritan Faith Through Anne Bradstreet’s “To My Dear Children” Anne Bradstreet starts off her letter with a short poem that presents insight as to what to expect in “To My Dear Children” when she says “here you may find/ what was in your living mother’s mind” (Bradstreet 161). This is the first sign she gives that her letter contains not just a mere retelling of adolescent events, but an introspection of her own life. She writes this at a very turbulent point in history for a devout Puritan....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts, Anne Hutchinson]

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The Puritan Belief That The Devil

- One can also see the Puritan belief that the Devil was among them through the sermons of the one of their most influential ministers Samuel Parris. In one of his sermons, Parris preaches extensively on the presence of devils among the saints in the Church. He says that not only are there devils among them, but that Christ knows who they are. Parris suggests that the devils may be people who have chosen farms and merchandise above God. Towards the end of his sermon, he lists several sins that are certain to make one a devil....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Salem]

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The Puritan Movement Of The Massachusetts Bay Colony

- When the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established in 1630 with the goal of escaping the corruption of the Anglican Church, the colonists quickly established the precedent that Puritanism was the only righteous form of Protestantism. This belief continued for many years and consequently spurred a number of conflicts between the Puritans and other religious groups that were deemed as threatening to their ideals. Following the Great Migration in the mid-1600s, the Puritans exercised a strict devotion to their religious beliefs in order to “purify” the Anglican Church, thus making Massachusetts Bay Colony an unwelcoming environment to religious dissenters....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bay Colony]

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The Puritan Conundrum By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Puritan Conundrum Throughout Hawthorne’s short stories which examine secret sin based in Puritan societies, the protagonist, Mr. Hooper, a preacher in Milford, describes to his wife “Do not desert me though this veil must be between us here on earth” (32). Hooper who has arrived at a point where his community and wife have abandoned him while on his deathbed realizes that he is deserted because of his secret sin. This description of utter loneliness is in contrast with Hawthorne’s portrayal of Hooper, who once was a prominent priest in the Milford area....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown]

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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]

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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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The Accusation of Witches in Puritan, New England

- The American weakness in times of trouble is the instinctive act of finding a scapegoat. Stemming from the Calvinistic religious beliefs of the Puritans who immigrated to America, anything that strays from the predestined lives of these puritanical people is the result of sin. The ideas of "original sin" and "predestination" are at the heart of Calvinism. Thus, the Calvinist Puritans have their lives planned out for them by God before birth and anything that disrupts that plan must be eradicated....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Witch Hunt]

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The Puritan Religion’s Influence on Children

- ... Also, children lived with the fear of not experiencing God for their memberships to the church. In this time, to be a citizen, you had to be a member of the church. When the children of the elect were born, they were automatically given membership to the church, because they were for surely experience God. When some of them did not, they lived inconstant fear of what was to to come of them and their future children. The constant fears and pressures of the Puritan child lead to problems within the community (Campbell)....   [tags: religious beliefs and parenting]

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The Unjust System of New England Puritan Court System

- ... (S G) I doe not hurt them. I scorn it. (H) Who doe you imploy then to doe it. (S G) No creature but I am falsely accused” (Linder umck.edu). This shows a trait in Hawthorne's prosecution style where he always started his examination with assume guilt, as opposed to innocence. He also seemed to be on the accuser’s side (Salem Witch Trials 1). In Puritan New England, judicial and normal practices were centered around religion. Laws were extreme and often would relate to religion. Many examples of this are present in the Massachusetts Body of Liberties which was a set of laws that governed New England....   [tags: religion, punishment, cruel]

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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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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]

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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 effect on Literature

- Literature has always revealed a great deal about the attitudes and beliefs of different cultures. Puritan authors in the late 17th and early 18th centuries wrote poems, persuasive speeches, stories, and first hand accounts that reveal their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Described especially was the Puritan’s deep regard for religion and their fear and love of God. William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation was written in 1630 as a description of Bradford’s experiences in the New World. The main purpose of his account was to persuade those who remained in England to come to America....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Puritan Movement

- Introduction Persecution for your beliefs or the desire for purity within the church is not something that most modern day Christians are familiar with. In a day and age when most people change churches like they change their clothes (for the most flippant of reasons) it’s hard to conceive of the type of dedication, conviction and faith that our early Christian forefathers had when they first came to America. In the pages that follow we will briefly examine some of the causes and conditions which led to the Puritan migration of 1620, while also observing the distinctions which set them apart from their contemporary counterparts....   [tags: Religious History ]

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Puritan Beliefs

- The Puritans once held a position of power among the religious world. Their beliefs were strict and they did not compromise their morals or standards for any outside individual. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Puritan religion reflects the attitude and values of the common man during that particular time period. The main belief among the Puritans was that they were God’s chosen people. In their eyes, they held supremacy over the average man. They believed in Pelagianism based on the Doctrine of Elect....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne, Literature]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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, ]

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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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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]

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Life in Puritan Times as Shown in "The Crucible"

- Imagine living a life full of hypocrites, but those same people are supposedly Godly Christians. Living in the Puritan times was not always easy. These people were Christians that were punished for making a single mistake, only to be humiliated when a wrongdoing occurred. In the spring of 1692, witchcraft hysteria swept the entire town of Salem, Massachusetts. This caused twenty people to be executed and 150 others were placed into jail. An estimated one to nine million Europeans were accused of being witches....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible]

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How Events Between 1675 And 1721 Doomed New England 's Puritan Experiment

- Describe how events between 1675 and 1721 doomed New England’s Puritan experiment As the colonies grew they became more religiously and ethically diverse and population of New England was becoming more ‘American’ the amount of people going to America from England had declined. The reason being is that it became intolerant of outsiders by 1720 the Great Awakening spread throughout New England and this split church goers into evangelical Calvinists or more moderate. Yet another group started to call themselves Baptists....   [tags: French and Indian War, United States]

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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]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a Liberal Puritan

- Nathaniel Hawthorne's best known short stories including Young Goodman Brown, The Minister's Black Veil, and The Birthmark, should be considered some of the great works of American literature because their exploration of enduring American themes of moral struggle. The short stories demonstrate a masterful command of symbolism and allegory. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. Descended from a staunch Puritan family, Hawthorne?s father was a presiding judge over the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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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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Comparing the Puritan Setting in Scarlet Letter and Minister's Black Veil

- Impact of the Puritan Setting Upon the Characters in The Scarlet Letter and The Minister's Black Veil This essay will examine the thematic relevance to the Puritan setting and its impact upon the characters and their development in both "The Scarlet Letter" and the short story, "The Minister's Black Veil." These two texts detail an accurate portrayal of what I assume the Puritan community to represent. This is partly because of the Puritan background within the works, but also considering that the main characters of these are deeply rooted within the Puritan faith and are, in different ways, in the public eye and are under separate scrutiny as a result of such....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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]

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Anne Bradstreet : A Strong Willed But Sensitive Puritan Woman

- Anne Bradstreet can be considered as a strong-willed but sensitive Puritan woman. Her poetry includes a combination of sarcasm and dispute against certain issues involving the unequal rights between men and women, and sentimental writings about her own emotions. She mostly writes about her feelings towards events going on in her personal life and not so much about politics or social phenomena. She did not write so as to put on a show or to be socially correct, but about her genuine feelings. She writes about being a woman and all the things that come with it, family, love, sorrow and seeking equality....   [tags: Woman, Personal life, Women, Lifestyle]

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Criticism of Puritan Culture in Hawthorne´s The Scarlett Letter

- During the pioneer developmental stages of the United States, early colonists traveled and endured through prolonged distances from England to the New World in order to escape religious persecution, rooted mainly from Protestant beliefs. These early colonists were deeply embedded within their Puritanism and surrounded their overall livelihood based on the teachings of the Puritan Bible in the unchartered British colonies of North America. However, these Puritans were not the only living cultures in the New World as they eventually discovered the Native Americans within their mist....   [tags: The Scarlett Letter Essays]

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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]

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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]

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Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter

- The Scarlet Letter - Hester Prynne as Puritan Victim   In the first several chapters of The Scarlet Letter we can understand Hester Prynne to be a good but misunderstood soul. Labeled as an adulteress, she is the victim of the Puritan lifestyle. A person with many positive traits, she is treated as a terrible person for one unholy act. Far from the evil woman that some of her neighbors see, Hester is a strong, proud and loyal person who resists the worst influences of her community.  Once Hester has begun to wear the scarlet letter in public and is interrogated, she holds out against the preachers in a great display of strength....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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Religious Persecution And Historical Accounts Of Abuse

- Religious persecution and historical accounts of abuse of power paint the pages of world history. In the early 17th century the Puritans fled England in exile to escape the religious persecution and corrupt rule of King Henry VIII. During the first large-scale migration from England to the new world, John Winthrop gave his sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” to share his (and God’s) vision of a colony built on a foundation of purity, goodness, and most importantly Godliness, where all of mankind may live in harmony....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts Bay Colony]

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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]

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The Year is 1692 and Abigail Williams

- The year is 1692, and Abigail Williams has just cried witch. Under harsh Puritan values, anyone accused and found guilty of witchcraft is to be publicly hung in the town square. The Puritan theocracy, leaving no room for adversity or opposition, has been turned upside down. In Arthur Miller’s drama The Crucible, Miller illustrates the dangers of Puritan theocracy: where personal freedoms are oppressed, cruel and unusual punishments are implemented, and where the leaders can manipulate the holy books and laws to rule with unrestricted power in the name of the divine....   [tags: puritan values, witchcraft, theocracy]

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The American Of A Land Of Dreams

- In the beginning, the American colonies began as a land of dreams. While many countries sent over hoards of people to colonize the new land, no two colonies were created under the same motivations. Some went out in search for wealth, while others searched for religious freedom. For a variety of reasons, no colony fully achieved the original intentions of its creators. To illustrate how and why this land of dreams failed to perform, I will investigate the colonies Massachusetts and Georgia. Religion, as it still is occasionally to this day, was a cause for division amongst people....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts, Thirteen Colonies]

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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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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]

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The Reformation Of The Plymouth Colony

- MAX Ruh, History DBQ 1630, ten years after the colonization of the Plymouth Colony in New England, the Puritan community settled north of the Pilgrims forming the Massachusetts Bay Colony in search for religious purity. The Puritan settlers colonized New England quickly and efficiently bringing with them the strong religious ideals and values from their former home of Europe. The informal theocracy instilled by the Puritan settlers fostered both a united community and efficient economy that in turn shaped New England’s social, political, and economic development.The economic foundation of the Puritan community revolved around their religious ideals, these ideals laced with natural resources...   [tags: Massachusetts Bay Colony, Puritan, Massachusetts]

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Many years ago, the culture and atmosphere was amazingly different. The expectations of people and communities are extremely high. During the Puritan times, many laws and regulations existed pertaining to government, religion, and witchcraft. In the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the one word that best describes the Puritan beliefs and the community structure is strict. The Puritan government during the time of this play is a theocracy—a government of God, run by the town’s minister....   [tags: puritan beliefs]

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Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Scarlet Letter '

- Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Belief in the Puritan Religion. Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the most popular and influential writers of his time. Known for many of his short stories such as “The Maypole of Merry Mount”, “The Gentle Boy”, and “Endicott and the Red Cross”. Most famously Hawthorne is known for his book “The Scarlet Letter” written and published in 1850. One typical link in all of his works was the common protagonists were Puritans. Although at first glance Puritans in Hawthorne 's works seem to play the bad guy character they often are more rational with their beliefs....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- For an attempt to purify a religious community of sin, the Puritans in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, have numerous faults due to their blindness of their own hypocrisy. Starting at the beginning of the text, women begin gossiping about Hester. The women talk about how Hester will cover her letter, how they wouldn’t take mercy on her as the magistrates have and how Reverend Dimmesdale,”her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation” (Hawthorne 53)....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Imagine a society where religion seems very critical and has little individualism. Religion played a very significant factor in Puritan life, so they were required to read the bible and live every moment in a respectful manner to God. Puritan societies believe in doing God’s work, so if someone did not follow the testament, harsh punishments were inflicted upon them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony portrayed itself as a man’s world, where they went to town meetings and made decision about their community in the church....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Silent Rebel By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Silent Rebel Imagine a society where religion seems very critical and has little individualism. Religion played a very significant factor in Puritan life, so they were required to read the bible and live every moment in a respectful manner to God. Puritan societies believe in doing God’s work, so if someone did not follow the testament, harsh punishments were inflicted upon them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony portrayed itself as a man’s world, where they went to town meetings and made decision about their community in the church....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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Alienation And Self Isolation From The Scarlet Letter

- Alienation and Self-Isolation in The Scarlet Letter In a community, people understand and know each other. In most cases, individuals grow up together and share the same ideals and customs. When a new person shows up, people tend to flock and try to form a persona of the person. Many people expect him or her to fit into the community quickly, and follow their laws and customs without complaint. Unfortunately, not everyone can act as a perfect person, and mistakes or problems can occur, which leads to the isolation and the alienation of the person from the rest of the community or the other way around....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- "The settlers may win and incite the Natives of the Country to the Knowledge and Obedience of the only true God and Savior of Mankind, and in the Christian Faith, which is our Royal Intention and the Adventurers free Profession, is the principle End of the Plantation." Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter in 1629. Some argue that Puritanism is not only a religion, but also a democratic philosophy. Puritans developed a new society model that attaches great importance to morals and spirit. They advocate real freedom which was different from England where they faced destruction and contempt....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 and set during the 1640s in a community practicing puritan religion. The Scarlet Letter contains themes that connect to situations faced in modern times.The books helps the reader recognize how society has changed and what aspects have stayed the same. Such as the way people are shunned from society, how people grow and change because of society 's views, and the affect society has on the community. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s goal with The Scarlet Letter is to provide an understanding of the puritan religion for the reader as well as lessons of human nature....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Decline Of The Church Of England

- Throughout the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation largely occurred across Europe. A portion of those who believed Catholicism was corrupt went on to create the Church of England (Anglican Church). This halted the majority of British exploration and settlement until later in that century. Many people then began defying the Anglican Church for Puritans believed it needed to be purified of the excess of Catholic traditions it held, while Separatists wanted to separate from the Church of England because they thought it was beyond hope....   [tags: Puritan, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Massachusetts]

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The Scarlett Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a gothic romance novel. The premise of the story is based on Hester Prynne, a young woman whose husband sent her to America and promised to meet her there later. However, he never arrived and was assumed to be dead. Hester has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale the pastor of the Puritan church, resulting in the birth of her child Pearl. The town learns the news of the affair and wonders who the father may be. Because Hester refuses to reveal the fathers identity and consider an adulterer, she is branded and forced to forever wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Puritan]

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials During Colonial Massachusetts

- In Salem England, the Puritans encountered a number of hardships such as economic instability, political struggles, and social frustration. The families that inhabited Salem were large and everyone was highly educated. In the Puritan community, men were encouraged to take up a trade or earn their way into a skilled profession an early age. As a result, men were the leaders of their homes and in the community. Women were educated in a variety of subjects but they were unable to attend college. They were expected to have an educational background in order to pass on knowledge to their children at an early on....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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John Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- “A” A symbol relies on imagery to capture influential ideas. Symbols have the ability to captivate a population, negatively or positively, reflecting a community’s ideals and attitude towards the representation. When the scarlet letter is first laid upon Hester’s bosom, it has an extremely negative connotation within her community, which is intended to represent her sin. As the plot progresses, the circumstances and the community in which the novel takes place evolves and the societal attitudes change....   [tags: Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter, Puritan]

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Witchcraft Hysteria in Puritan New England

- Witchcraft Hysteria in Puritan New England In 1692, the problems following Massachusetts’s change from Puritan Utopia to royal colony had an unusual increase in the witchcraft hysteria at Salem Village (now the town of Danvers). Although the belief in witchcraft had started a huge problem in Salem, almost 300 New Englanders (mostly lower class, middle-aged, marginal women – spinsters or widows) had been accused as witches, and more than thirty had been hanged. With this issue in Salem all superiority in its scope and intensity....   [tags: American America History]

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The Wonders Of The Invisible World

- “The Wonders of the Invisible World”, written by Cotton Mather, is an account of the Salem Witch Trials. He retells information that has been passed down to him without actually being present at the trial and simultaneously explains his theory to why witches were suddenly emerging in Salem, Massachusetts. There were quite a few holes in the Salem Witch Trials, especially regarding whether or not these events occurred the way they are said to. Mather’s book shows us how intense the Puritan ideals were, attaching anything out of the ordinary to a higher power and in doing this shows the flaws of the religion which caused to Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft]

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The Crucible By Arthur Miller

- Austere religions with black and white definitions for right and wrong are bound to result in the deception of a suppressed people. With the cornerstone of Puritan lifestyle being the church, their community is profoundly influenced by religious philosophy and beliefs. Anything believed to be a contradiction of their religious moral code is deemed to be sin, and directly connected to the devil. Devil worship and witchcraft is conjured by means of fear that gives superstition power, and those accused of unnatural behavior receive harsh castigation....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, The Crucible]

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The Heroine Of Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Hester Prynne is the heroine of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, where she proves to be an incendiary figure in her community, as the presence of the A on her garment is an incessant reminder of her transgression. A strict, religious community does not tolerate the transgression that is Hester’s sin. A fellow villager states “Marry, good Sir, in some two years, or less…no tiding have come of this learned gentleman, Master Prynne; and his young wife, look you, being left to her own misguidance…” (485)....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Puritan]

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Symbolism Of The Yellow Tree By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Hawthorne further employs amazing literary techniques in his novel through the use of motifs, developed by symbols within the book. One of these motifs developed through symbolism is the motif of harsh Puritan punishment. This is first seen near the jail cell in which Hester was being detained for some time prior to the start of the novel. The entryway to the prison, an “… iron-clamped oaken door…” is a symbol used to develop this motif (43). The symbol lies in the word “oaken”, which, as stated previously, the oak tree a strong symbol for the Puritans and their practices....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, John Winthrop]

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The Controversy Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The citizens of Massachusetts Bay Colony were undoubtedly aware of the warnings of Scripture against witchcraft. For example, Leviticus 19:31 states, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” Other scriptures also warn against witchcraft. Yet, in the years 1692 to 1693, witchcraft was certainly on their minds. During that time, the mysterious circle of girls was a questionable day by day occurrence. The other girls in the community that were not accepted into the circle felt left out....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s family background greatly influences the themes and central conflicts within many of his works. Growing up, Hawthorne learned of his ancestors’ lifestyle and their devotion to the Puritan religion. The constricting and harsh values of the religion troubled Hawthorne, and his guilt for his ancestors’ way of life translates into his literature. Hawthorne’s use of the theme of religious hypocrisy impacts the characterization and in turn the plot of many of his works, including The Scarlet Letter, The Minister’s Black Veil, and Young Goodman Brown....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Puritan]

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William Bradford And The Massachusetts Bay Colony

- In 1620, seeking refuge from persecution in Europe, William Bradford and his small colony of one-hundred and three Protestant separatists, later known as the Pilgrims, arrived in New England to found Plymouth Plantation. Winthrop established the Massachusetts Bay Colony, now known as Boston, as a theocracy, where elected leaders such as Winthrop himself made decisions with the advice of the clergy based of their belief of pre-destination and enforced strict religious laws upon all people who lived in the colony....   [tags: Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Puritan]

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The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- In the seventeenth century, the Puritans left England to practice their own Protestant version of Christianity. The Catholic church tried to control what they worshipped, and they ended up rebelling. Eventually, these same settlers created a group within their own society that was being treated similarly to the way the Puritans were in England; these people were punished in the Salem witch trials with an attempt from society to control a group of people. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors were involved in these trials....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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The Many Ideas About Religion

- From the very beginning, settlers in America had very different ideas about religion. Many had come from parts of Europe that were experiencing an on-going battle between the Catholics and Protestants. Establishing colonies in North America gave Europeans the opportunity to practice their own religion without persecution. Once in America, various sects were founded, including the Puritans, the Quakers, and later, the Protestants from the Enlightenment. Despite the colonies rich history of religion, there were the outliers that continued to branch off and establish their own unique ideas, or those who pushed religion away from the center of everyday life, more focused on increasing earthly g...   [tags: Puritan, Religion, Slavery in the United States]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Some people find nature an escape from civilization. The wild, unsettled territory beyond the city or town limits may symbolize freedom and unconformity. This was true in the Puritan society in the 1850s, where citizens were heavily restricted by their theocratic government. However, in the woods outside of town the rules of the community no longer applied to them, and they could act freely without fear of judgment or persecution. By utilizing specific natural attributes, Hawthorne accentuates the story he wants to depict to his readers....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, Puritan]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter

- Charley Haas Period 5 How Dualities Shape Pearl and Hester Oscar Wilde once said, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” When Wilde says this he is referring to the good and bad, or dualities, in everything. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dualities in two of the most important characters, Hester and Pearl. He uses these dualities to shape the characters emotions and actions as they are oppressed and isolated by the society around them. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses dualities to show how it is imperative for Pearl and Hester stay true to themselves instead of conforming to societal standards....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne]

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The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

- “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, a woman named Hester, who is abandoned by her husband for two years, is having an affair with the pastor, Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester gives birth to a daughter while her husband is away which leads people to believe that she is having an affair. The Puritans’s view of sin is very strict, so they believe Hester deserves a terrible punishment.Hester keeps the father hidden from the knowledge of the townspeople, so she receives the brutal punishment by herself....   [tags: Puritan, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne]

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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]

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Decoding Puritan Myths About Sex : A More Balanced View

- Decoding Puritan Myths About Sex: A More Balanced View When prompted with the word “Puritan”, one conjures up images of The Crucible, of sexual repression, and of a strict theocratic society. Puritans have been stereotyped as a group of religious extremist who deemed all forms of sexual gratification as sinful. Nowadays, the word Puritan is used as a disparaging insult, applied to those who are too righteous towards sexuality. In actuality, Puritans attitudes concerning sexuality were more broad-minded than this....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Marriage, Adultery]

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Massachusetts Bay Company : A Profit Making Venture Created By The Puritan Businessmen

- Massachusetts Bay Company The Massachusetts Bay Company was a profit making venture created by the Puritan businessmen in 1628. To achieve their goal, they obtained a charter from the King that allowed to explore New England for precious metals. In 1629, they signed the Cambridge Agreement which gave the members of the company full control over the new colony that was to be created. In 1684, the charter was taken away from the Massachusetts Bay Company. However, it had already succeeded in establishing a colony in America....   [tags: United States, Massachusetts]

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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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