Later in the novel, Akua, who is raised by a conservative missionary community, thinks to herself “[the yam] was a hungry sound, the sound of oil swallowing whatever it was given” (178) while cooking dinner. The description of Akua cooking her food is a metaphor for slavery. Similar to how the yam is swallowed by the oil, people’s lives are also destroyed by slavery. Akua often has dreams about fire and states “It’s the fire. I keep dreaming about fire” (178).
In this essay, I will analyze the poem Verses Upon the Burning of Our House (July 10th, 1666) by Anne Bradstreet, a puritan who most critics consider to be America’s first “authentic poet. The poem is based on a true story as Anne’s house really did burn down and illustrates her meditations on this event, the pain she felt after losing her home and the effect it had on her faith. The main theme is Anne’s struggle to not become attached to material things. I will begin by explaining the rhyme, style, and tone of the poem, continue by explaining which literary devices and interesting features we can find and the effect they have on the reader, then I will analyze the poem and finally I will give a brief conclusion. Verses Upon the Burning of Our House is a poem written in couplets in iambic tetrameter scheme which makes the story flow nicely.
Bradstreet’s poem, Upon the Burning of Our House: June 10th, 1666, was about her own house and personal belongings burning down while she devastatingly watched. Bradstreet is of the Puritan faith. Characteristics of this faith tend to show throughout her writing for example, while she is observing flames consume her house “I blest His name that gave and took” (Bradstreet 14). Therefore, an attribute of her Puritan writing is staying positive even through a horrendous dilemma.
What a person goes through sometimes define them. The narrator becomes traumatized because of what he witnessed. For example, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Raven” both discuss a disorder of the brain. These stories are written by the same author.
The value of earthly treasures versus eternal treasures is a key theme in Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House.” Throughout the poem, Bradstreet uses the following three examples to discover her feelings about losing her earthly treasures in the house fire and moving toward eternal treasures: her earthly possessions, her position in society, and her ultimate choice to focus on eternity. Anne Bradstreet is a woman who was the first English colonial poet. while she resided in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She wrote this poem around July of 1666 to describe the event of her home burning to the ground.
Bradbury uses diction to represent how technology ripped people apart and destroyed their personalities. “The Pedestrian” states, “Sudden grey phantoms seemed to manifest upon inner room walls where a window in a tomb-like building was still open.” In this excerpt of the narrative, Bradbury used diction to symbolize death, which shows how the character’s personalities deteriorated from the use of technology. Likewise, the diction shows how people were glued apart in separate tombs. In “There Will Come Soft Rains”, another narrative, Bradbury used diction to show how the house was destroyed by nature because of its technological elements.
Later on in the novel the violence escalates, “The death car, as the newspapers called it, never stopped...” (Fitzgerald 137). This quote is referring to Myrtle getting hit by a car. This incident causes a reaction from her husband, George Wilson. From his reaction we get to see a glimpse into the nature of man.
What if two people commit the same sin and yet only one is judged? These are the deep rooted questions asked and explored in “The Scarlet Letter”. The novel takes place in a 17th century puritan community. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of being an adultress and must now wear a red scarlet “A” on her breast for the rest of her life, to show the world that she has transgressed. The adultery resulted in the birth of a child named Pearl.
Body Revenge 266 words Revenge has happen in both Jasper Jones and the Dressmaker when, Eliza a character in jasper jones, burned her own home down because of what her father done to Laura “ And there, right in front of me, the Wishart house is crackling furiously from the inside. It’s a single box of flames. Ribbons of red and orange lick at broken windows” (page 391), but it also has some comparisons to Tilly who, burned the entire town down because they are trash that needed to be burned (1:51:00 to 1:52:00).
In the late 1600’s, Salem, Massachusetts was flooded with witch hysteria. This was based on the Puritan religion, which was taking the Bible verbatim. For this reason, there was no hard proof, but rather spectral evidence. A multitude of citizens was falsely accused and used as scapegoats to save oneself's. In The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor happens to be one of the many people who gets thrown under the bus.
Puritans have shown that more often than not, they have the same philosophy regarding their religious views and moral values, but often tend to express them in different ways. Anne Bradstreet wrote a poem, “Here Follow Some Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666.” Her poem was about a personal experience where, although she had lost everything, including her home, she came to the realization that everything she had, came from God, all she had to do was to leave her troubles and worries in his hands. Jonathan Edwards wrote a sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. In this sermon, Jonathan voices his belief in a strongly way stating how people should conform to his idea of a Puritan lifestyle, otherwise the consequences of not being one would be Hell.
Many Women were killed from persecutions of witchcraft in the late 15th century to the 17th century. There are many reasons for the persecutions, during that time period there was the Reformation, and the Thirty Years War. The Reformation was a fight over that was caused because the church was lying to the people who went to catholic churches and saying that you need to pay to get rid of your sins, and the Thirty Years War was a war over religion that lasted thirty years. Factors in the late 15th century and the 17th century that led to witchcraft persecutions were The Reformation, and the Thirty Years War. Document 1 was written by Johan Weir, who was a Belgium physician, believed that women had small brains and men needed to help the women.
Block Island. On August 1, 1637, Israel Stoughton had sailed out towards Block Island to seek satisfaction from the Manisses and pursue refugee bands of Pequot. They had ended up killing several Manisses and burning many wigwams before the tribe had surrendered to English authority. Finally the Hartford Treaty was ratified by the English, Narragonsett, and Mohegan on September 21,1638. The treaty said that living Pequots were ordered to disperse among the Narragonsett and Mohegan, also no longer be called the Pequot.
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.”