Puritans are a people with a very strong belief in both God and the power of God. When people see power, they interpret it in different ways. Some know of power through anger and impulse, while others see power through the goodness the powerful one shows. Although Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards are both puritan poets, their writings convey mainly different, though sometimes similar, views on God because they have different perceptions of His will and the use of His power. Anne Bradstreet listens to and accepts anything that God wishes, and that is shown through her poem Upon the Burning of my House.
Christian author C.S. Lewis once spoke, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.” For most who believe, it rings true that in searching and accepting God, one undergoes a transformation. In this belief, one can overcome internal and external mountains in clinging to the truth of God they hold to be true. It is not necessary for one to believe in God in order to see the life change that can occur in others who let God take control of their lives. Literary authors Khaled Hosseini and Charles Dickens use religious allusions in order to develop characters who reveal the theme that in desperate times, leaning on God or a higher power can bring about resolution and change in one’s character after times of self deprecation.
Loyalty and the Punishment That Follows a Puritan When it comes to spreading religious beliefs you can always wonder how much is too much. In typical Puritan culture life is considered a temptation to sin and you must always be grateful for what god has given you. Writing is a way to connect to god and spread a direct, powerful message to the followers of Puritan life. In result of their religion, bible allusions are commonly used throughout their writings. When comparing the two authors, Bradstreet and Edwards, one must look at some of their most common works.
No two authors are alike, Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards, both Puritan writers, fall true to this as well. Anne Bradstreet wrote Upon the Burning of my House and To my Dear and Loving Husband, her poems are more loving and caring. Jonathan Edwards, a Puritan preacher, wrote the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God his sermon is very dark, scary, and mean. Both Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards have respect for God, but they also have different views of him. The authors both have different writing styles, but use similar literary devices.
Agape love shows itself in humility and kindness (King James Version Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4). This kindness comes from wanting to care and making a recurring choice to act upon caring. Another way to look at agape love, as the apostles looked at it, "is an attitude of the heart, of the mind and of the will" (Davidson 986). Culture should no longer see love only as a feeling, but a feeling along with continuous thoughtful actions. Agape love can also be seen as self-denial for the sake of another (Guzik).
The Toa Te Ching and the Sermon on the Mount Analysis It is well-known that there are a lot of religions around the world; however, people generally fail to notice how similar some can be to one another. It is interesting that different religious groups are set apart from each other because how they perceive the purpose of life on earth, yet some suggest similar conclusions about humans and share many moral and ethnic teachings. The Toa Te Ching and the Sermon on the Mount are texts that differ in many ways, but are also similar in their ethical guidance.
Martin Luther is a Christian man; he believes that justice squares with the moral law or the law of God, and injustice is when it is out of harmony with the natural law and the law of nature. He also quoted some bible verses to support his argument. He believes that equal right brings justice to his people. Overall, his idea of justice came from a Christian point of view. On the contrary, Thoreau’s idea of justice was more complicated, his idea of justice mainly came from the principle of reason, conscience, and humanity.
The Views from two Different Religious Authors Since the beginning of time, people have needed the reassurance of purpose to life. Even though they are all needing reassurance, they have different beliefs. Poets Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards have two different ways to show their faith through poetry. Bradstreet was from the early 1600’s unlike Edwards who was from the early 1700’s. With reading both of their poems you’ll hear two different yet alike ways of trusting in God.
Let me mention some of them: reasonableness, considerate, moderation, a patient mind, forbearance, and graciousness. From these expressions we can pull together this definition of gentleness: Gentleness is the ability to show patient endurance when you are treated unfairly. How does that look like? The apostle Peter illustrates this to us when he talks about Christ’s gentleness in 1 Peter 2:19-23: The way Jesus responded to hostile people is an example for us to follow. When someone hurts us, we must avoid retaliating or making threats and entrust our situation to God.
‘’If you are sincerely seeking god, he will make his existence evident to you’’, this quote by William Lane Craig, is suggesting a very simple thing here, a person is what he/she believes. Our belief is what separate us from each other. Some of us believe in God and some of us carry a contradictory view to it. When a person faces the worst of a situation, the belief grows stronger. A person either blames god for the situation or seek God to make it through the situation.
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.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is supposed to make readers feel like it is pointless to ever depend on anyone else. “Now they see, that those things on which they depended on for peace and safety, were nothing but thin air and empty shadows”. In this quote, he talks about how anytime anyone depends on someone, there is typically disappointment. “To My Dear and Loving Husband” describes love as something so important and dependable that Anne Bradstreet described it as gold. “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, or all the riches that the East doth hold.”
The Chronicles of Destructive Frontiersmen Critic Roland Barthes has said, “Literature is the question minus the answer.” Choose a novel, or play, and, considering Barthes’ observation, write an essay in which you analyze a central question the work raises and the extent to which it offers answers. Explain how the author’s treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary “” In Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, many questions are raised as more things happen to the Red Planet and its inhabitants.