Anne Bradstreet And Phillis Wheatley Analysis

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Women that were either slaves or Puritan, wouldn’t have been thought to have the ability to create pieces of poetry that would be carried and recognized through generations. Anne Bradstreet’s; To My Dear and Loving Husband and Phillis Wheatley’s; On Being Brought from Africa to America both completely contradict the idea that writing couldn’t follow religion and expresses emotion. These two authors had different approaches regarding their faith but their writing was completely faith-based. While Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley both express an incredible devotion to God, Anne Bradstreet’s devotion is rooted by her devotion to her husband, whereas Phillis Wheatley’s faith is a result of her salvation from Africa.
Anne Bradstreet’s love for
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Anne Bradstreet’s difficulty with accepting her faith revolves around her devotion to her husband. She had a different approach to expressing her faith than many other Puritans. Bradstreet followed her religion in hopes that her actions would lead to her husband being brought to salvation. She expresses these actions when writing, “That when we live no more, we may live ever.”(Bradstreet 12). This line suggests that she desires for their love to live an impossible length. Bradstreet most likely had a hard time imagining her life without her husband, and in result she expresses complete devotion to him. Phillis Wheatley had difficulty accepting the judgements and misinterpretations that regarded Christian slaves. Wheatley has a much easier time accepting that people in this era failed to accept minorities when writing, “Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, / May be refined, and join the angelic train.”(Wheatley 7). She found it difficult accepting that she originated from the, “pagan,” lands. After she wrote this piece of evidence, she realizes that anyone can be accepted into any faith. These two women have a difficult effort in accepting aspects of their faith. They come to the realization that they follow their faith but many people can contradict their
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