Author's Purpose in the 1700's:

  • The obligation of a Puritan was to repress their children's willfulness and to instill in them obedience in God.

  • The first sole purpose of Puritans upon coming to America was to create a "City upon a Hill" and thus their duties were to guard, warn, and prevent each other against moral lapses.

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  • Taylor starts with great devotion to God
  • Yet as the poem progresses Taylor becomes a changed man, one who rationalizes and thinks for himself.
  • The spinning wheel goes to symbolize the writer and to compare how he is really not a person but more like an object. Explain
  • BEGINNING: Edward pleads to go to take control of him and his life and do His will with him.
  • MIDDLE: The author is pleading and really hoping that God will put him together to be prosperous
  • ENDING: Taylor started with himself being compared to a spinning wheel and at the end he is instead wearing a garment. And not just ANY garment but a beatiful one. He first started as being a machine that served God and the purpose was complete after the beautiful cloth was finished.
  • He asks: "God make me complete so that I can be glorified in heaven." Taylor does want one thing, he believes that after all his years of following God's laws, teachings, and beliefs he deserves an eternal heaven.

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My Dear and Loving Husband:

  • Bradstreet wrote this poem to express her ever-lasting love and devotion to her husband.
  • She is putting her love for her husband up on a pedastool and praising it, such as if it were an object.
  • She also speaks with a soft but to the point tone. Her tone implies that she might see herself as her husbands equal. In this day and age, women were considered far inferior in status to men.
  • From how she speaks of her love for her husband, she relays a message to the reader that her love is so strong that it might even be painful. Painfully in love?
  • This poem is an odd change in character, because Anne Bradstreet was a very strong woman and this poem poses her to be vulnerable.
  • She is also going against all of the Puritan beliefs, for the Puritans didn't believe in expressing emotion.
  • Her attachment or love for her husband is so strong that she prays to God to allow her and her husband to live forever together in heaven.
  • Her simple favor asked is portrayed more as a plea.
  • This plea implies that she is head-over-heels, crazy in love. In the END she is expressing her love for her husband in a way in which God cannot denie. She is saying take us both together and rip my soul from my body and throw me a pitiful wretched wanderer.

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:

  • Edward's goal was to strike fear into the hearts of non-worshipers.
  • He portrays God's wrath towards non-believers as scorching, unforgivable, and feverful.
  • He expresses in detail the firery hells that they will be brought to and out of sheer kindness God will use his hand to keep you up so that you don't fall in to them.
  • Edwards wants to prepare the people for the after-life, whether it be Hell or Heaven.
  • Edwards believes strongly in his sermon and his beliefs and it is for this reason that the reader finds his sermon so interesting, yet at the same time so utterly appalling.
  • It is not supposed to be taken lightly. It is intended to shock people into believing in God once again. To prove to them how their actions have been proved so unworthy and spited in God's eyes.
  • His motive for this poem is just that. Maybe he felt that living around so many damned people would damn him as well.
  • He uses his sermons to attempt God's will. In the END of his sermon, Edwards has rather taken on the role of God. He is telling the people to save themselves.
  • He is saying that God has thrown the door of mercy wide open. Take your chance or perish in Hell.
  • Edwards has become so consumed with God, however, that he is trying to save the people with his hand, take them under his wing, not God's. No mortal man can tell others what they must do to be saved. It is an object of speculation...

What message do you think these authors were trying to relay?

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