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Early American Writers
In the literature of early American writers there is one common trait
among all the writings: religion. Among Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan
Edwards all speak of their opinion of religion, god, heaven, and
Anne Bradstreet was a puritan wife, originally from England but then
moved to America. Upon moving and settling into her home, her poems
became full of emotion and spoke about concerns from her heart. She was
religious and believed that men had superiority over women.
A common concern in these religious writers was the unimportance of
material things on Earth. In Bradstreet's Upon the Burning of Our House
July 10th, 1666, her house was burned to the ground. Nevertheless, she
did not shed to many tears because she knew that "Thou hast an house on
high erect," meaning that her real home was in heaven. She found comfort
in god and her belief in her made her strong and able to move on in her
life. When she starts thinking about all her possessions that she had
lost she would "Raise up thy thoughts above the sky . . . " and remember
these things do not matter, what matters is her "house on high."
Jonathan Edwards also found comfort in god, "leading me to sweet
contemplations of my great and glorious God." Jonathan was also a
puritan from the early America, however, he was a preacher.
Like Anne Bradstreet, he did not believe in material things. In his
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he states "now they see that those
things on which they depended for peace and safety were nothing but thin
air and empty shadows." This statement agrees with what Bradstreet
believed in, that nothing (possessions) is important on Earth. If a
person has depended on those things for all your life and then they are
suddenly taken away from you, you will not know what to do.
However, unlike Bradstreet, he portrays god as angry for all the sins of
man and ready to punish them for their sins. He says "The God that holds
you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome
insect, over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath
towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else
but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have
you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes
than the most hateful venomous serpent is in our..." He makes people
fear god, fearful of ever sinning, and afraid of burning in the fiery
pits of hell.
He states that "There is nothing between you and Hell but the air; it is
only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up." Religion has
defiantly influenced Jonathan Edward's writings.
Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards were both early American writers
who contained a common charecteristic in their writtings. Both of these
puritan writers have strong thought about religion and did not hold back
these thoughts in their writings.
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