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.
Before people can define scandalous women behaviors, they have to understand what was expected of American women. Women expectations were held at a higher standard than men. The women that defy the stereotypes for American women were seemed less valuable and punished by God for their behaviors. The main roles for women was to be religious, marry, take care of their children, and live by four virtues. The four virtues women were expected to live by were piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity.
The narrative offers an account which can be used to describe the particularly puritan society based on the ideals of Christianity and the European culture. It offers a female perspective of the Native Americans who showed no respect to the other religious groups. The narrator makes serious observation about her captors noting the cultural differences as well as expectations from one another in the society. However, prejudice is evident throughout the text which makes the narratives unreliable in their details besides being written after the event had already happened which means that the narrator had was free to alter the events to create an account that favored her. Nonetheless, the narrative remains factually and historically useful in providing the insights into the tactics used by the Native Americans
She was a woman, a relatively unknown writer, and her viewpoints on the ultimate equality of the sexes were considered radical. With a too harshly worded pamphlet, she was capable of producing outrage. However, through authenticity of identity, allusions to the natural world, and her deep knowledge of religion, Speght was able to craft a well founded argument for the inclusion and respect of women in the seventeenth century. Ironically, these same challenges resurfaced in the academic study of Speght’s work; until very recently, her works were almost completely ignored by the literary community (Purkis 107). With the resurgence of feminist ideas in education, and the subsequent formation of a feminist literary canon, Speght’s works were ultimately rediscovered.
That means that those who are in roles of leadership need to be aware of the fact that not everyone shares the same ideas of masculinity and femininity. One element of postmodernism today that we can certainly learn from is the importance that is placed upon asking questions. The Church, whether deserved or not I don’t know, has been seen as the bastion of all answers (even if they are wrong.) Too many Christians believe that simply because they are a Christian and know the Bible that they have answers. Too many unbelievers see Christians as having unbending opinions and
Puritans such as Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet would write personal history or diary type of literature to influence men and women across the nation on their strong biblical beliefs. Puritans are known for their wide spread faith on the bible, how they would preach, and the way they showed others the way of life that is suitable to enter to heaven. Many puritans believed there were people who were already chosen called the “selected”. Each puritan writer had their own way of getting others involved in the lifestyle of following the bible. Writers like Edwards and Bradstreet both wrote about God and the impact although they had different notions; from them having different points of view of how God felt, to the way they wrote and made their readers feel throughout their writings.
However, Garrison asserts that Julian views the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, very differently from her fellow mystics. While most considered the Eucharist (partaking of the body and blood of Christ) as a means to achieve temporary union with God, Julian knows there is a gap between the human and the divine that cannot meld until the afterlife. We see this in her reaction to a vision of Christ on the cross. At first, she first compares her suffering over sin to His suffering (in the style of the traditional affective mysticism), but then she realizes that as He is both human and divine, her sufferings are different and could never come close to His. “...the oning of the godhed gave strength to the manhed for love to suffer more than alle men might” (Chapter 20).
During the early to mid-nineteenth century women’s roles were seen to be confined to domestic affairs, but this phase would only lead to a stronger voice for women coming from within the home. The Second Great Awakening in the early 1800’s sparked a need for religion in the American culture. Women dominantly filled the churches leaving men to fend the vices of the world alone. In efforts to bring religion back, a new role for women was formed, the Cult of True Womanhood (Ginzberg 8). The ideal woman of this time period was a pure, feminine, and submissive woman that was always considered inferior to men mentally and physically (Lavender 1).
One thing that I 've noticed that is strongly argued against in this day and age is the gender roles in the Bible, more specifically in Genesis one through three. The first time we hear about male and female is in the following quote from the bible "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” That line off the bat quickly shows that God created male and female to be inferior to animals and wildlife. God looks at himself very highly so if we created man and woman in his own image that means he thinks very highly of them. He doesn 't say that Man is better than women or vice versa which gives the thought that they are equal to each other. Even though we make both of them equal
Many women fought for basic rights such as, owning property, voting and being able to divorce their husbands. Women called the “first-wave” feminists had started the idea of female civil equality in the 1840's. Why was women's rights a contentious issue for nineteenth century Americans? Women's rights were a contentious issue in the nineteenth century for many reasons. One reason was that in the Bible, both men and women were created in the image of God.
Though the message of Christianity is forgiveness through Christ, this concept does not seemed to be practiced by those who claim to follow Him. In fact, young outsiders claimed that Christians were disinterested in listening to them and more interested in following their list of rules (33). In order to gain the respect of these young people, they would need to truly feel like Christians cared about them, no matter what their current circumstances might
In most of the societies and religions we have talked about, we learn about the role women played in them. Some give more independence to women than others and others give them no role. I found it interesting in the Christian faith that during the Middle Ages, the Virgin Mary was the most popular saint but in most Christian sects women aren’t allowed to be priests, bishops, or deacons. In Islam, Arab women enjoyed rights not accorded to women in other lands, they could legally inherit property, divorce husbands, and engage in business ventures. They were portrayed as human beings equal to men in front of Allah.