Marriage In The Puritan Period

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Do you wonder what life is back in the past? Is it as hard as today or harder, or maybe easier? To see a view of the past, witness the period of Puritan and how life is back then. Is the past better, or our generation already learned from them? Puritan Period covers the history of religious reform within the Anglican Church, commonly known as Church of England (Demos, 1970). It is a period widely known in history as the migration period of Separatists escaping the remnants of Roman Catholicism in the transcended Church of England – the corruption and indecorous dogma during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (Johnson, 1970). Interestingly, Puritan Period, more than its literature, has three particularly areas of discussion that can be relatable…show more content…
Puritans believed that marriage was embedded in procreation, love, and, most importantly, salvation, based on Biblical portrayals of Adam and Eve (Norton, 2011). Husbands were the spiritual heads of the house, while women were to demonstrate religious obedience under male superiority (Norton, 2011). Furthermore, marriage represented not only the relationship between husband and wife, but also the relationship between spouses and God. Puritan husbands commanded authority through family direction and prayer. The female relationship to her husband and to God was marked by submissiveness and humility (Porterfield, 1992). As the social beliefs are widely altered by the whole Puritan community the role of women also incessantly change over…show more content…
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