Who Is Ann Hutchinson In A Model Of Christian Charity

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Ann Hutchinson was a woman who was banished from Boston in 1638 by John Winthrop, due to her being unfit for the society. Hutchinson was deemed unfit by Winthrop because she believed the minister, John Wilson, was preaching against the Puritan belief of predestine or covenant of grace. Ann thought Wilson preached more off the ideology of the covenant of works; meaning if a person worked hard enough to be good and do charitable things, such person would earn a place in heaven. Puritans believed that God chooses people to be a part of his “elect” (people who would go to heaven regardless of their sins) and this spot in heaven could not be earned. Since Ann Hutchinson accused Wilson of preaching against Puritan views, she was soon banished for …show more content…

Winthrop makes the comparison that every Christian is enough alike and they are all a part of the body of Christ. John puts an emphasis that everyone in the community is a part of the body of Christ to appeal to their faith and instill that there is strength in working together. He persuades his listeners to believe that in helping each other, they are helping themselves also. Winthrop argues that all Christians love one another as they love themselves. These arguments did create some negative consequences among the community. One major consequence was that the Puritans showed love and compassion for fellow men who looked and believed like them, this excluded many people for example Ann Hutchinson and Native Americans. These consequences are credited for the Puritans major downfall in their community because people like Ann Hutchinson eventually created their own colony, allowing people to leave Massachusetts …show more content…

During Bradstreet’s time, society was dominated by men who felt superior to women. Men did not believe that women had any intellectual or spiritual value to add to the society. Anne uses irony by belittling herself and her work, but when the reader digs deeper they learn she is also showing her intelligence and writing ability by alluding to the Greek culture and male “superior” poets. In the opening stanza, Bradstreet states it would be almost laughable for her to even attempt to right of her superiors, which leads the reader to believe this poem is just about Anne being critical of herself. Anne uses this sarcasm and irony technique to state that women deserve the recognition that men receive for the same action in a manner full of

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