Anne Bradstreet Beliefs

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Puritans take their beliefs and values very seriously. These ideals are reflected in how they react in certain situations. They are also reflected in their sermons. Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet are two authors that reflect their Puritan beliefs. Puritans reflect their beliefs and values in their literature, but not all authors reflect them in the same way. In “Upon the Burning of Our House,” Anne Bradstreet reflects her beliefs while being faced with danger and hardship: the burning of her house. She does this by saying, “And when I could no longer look, I blest His name that gave and took” (Bradstreet 13-14). This quote is an allusion to Job 1:21- “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Even though she is losing everything she has, she is still praising God. She does not become angry with him or blame him.…show more content…
He speaks about his beliefs and God in a very negative way. He and other Puritans “felt that their congregations had grown too complacent, or self-satisfied” (Applebee et all 152). They thought that this profusely angered God . He believes that it is already decided if people are going to Heaven or Hell. He shows this by saying, “So that, thus it is natural men are held in the of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it” (Edwards 154). In this quote, he is saying that those who are not “born again” are already sentenced to Hell and there is nothing capable of changing that. He also shows this by saying, “God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in Hell” (Edwards 154). He is comparing those who are not saved to those who are already in Hell. He says they are basically the same. In this quote, and throughout the whole sermon, he discusses God being angry and sending
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