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American Lit ~ Acosta ~ 8/24

by: Nichole Delaney

American Lit ~ Acosta ~ 8/24 Engl 232

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These notes are from the lecture of week 1 [8/24]. They cover the William Bradform and Ann Bradstreet puritan readings and the Native American poem "Like Flowers Continually Perishing".
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nichole Delaney on Saturday August 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Engl 232 at Southeastern Louisiana University taught by Acosta in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views.


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Date Created: 08/27/16
“ Of Plymouth Plantation” 8/24/16 Chapter 6 - People came over to make money - They believed in predestination and it is shown in the writing - “He was a bad person and that’s why he was thrown overboard” p131 - Theocracy was set up in the new world. - Theocracy is a religious government - God-given laws mandate the civil laws - [Idea of Predestination] ~ We later see a guy who is thrown overboard but is miraculously caught by the sail. - “Won’t our children say ‘our fathers were Englishmen who traveled … ” Much self reflection, guilt and worry shown in the writing. Page 155 - 22 years later - He wants them to be seen as a ‘city on a hill’ however within 22 years evil has already began penetrating their community - He cannot fathom how evil got to them so quickly. [Reflecting] - What happens to the boy who commits beasiality? - All of the animals that he had relations with are killed in front of him - All of the sheep are killed because they cannot distinguish which is was based on his description. - Then he is killed. - Why do bad things happen to good people? 1. Evil wants to corrupt the good 2. Servants who were not as good as them had to come along 3. New people who are not as good as them come into their land. a. Basically ~ other people ruin things. b. Much blamed on immigrant labor. c. Ann Bradstreet Ann Bradstreet had many children. - Each time she went into labor she had a 50-50 chance of dying so she was always in constant consideration that she may not be around to share important things with the people she loved. - She was very confident that her fate was in God’s hands - She was truly in love with her husband. - Many of her writing are sweet and sad at the same time. “Before the Birth of Her Children” page 226 - If you’re a good person you have to confront these tough things but how do you do so. - In her writings she uses a nature based metaphor of flowers when talking about children. - When referring to death she uses the metaphor of “cropped by the almighty’s hand” - She tells her children, who did not get to keep as many children as she, that the should feel a “dreadful awe” toward God - This “dreadful awe is not a fearful one but a respect and understanding that you cannot always understand why God does things the way he does. “Farewell Dear Babe” page 122 - The flower metaphor is again used for children. - We expect nature to grow before dying - but Bradstreet reminds us that it isn’t nature’s course but instead it is according to God’s designed plan. “Like Flowers Continually Perishing” - Native American Poem ~ religion: Pantheism - The title suggests life after death - In this native american poetry God is seem in humans and in nature and all three reflecting the other. - Compare to Bradstreet: Vanity- why are we here? Our purpose? - Contrast to Bradstreet: Unsure ~ Different use of nature “My Dear Children” By Ann Bradstreet In this poem Bradstreet has lost all of her things to a fire She is saddened at first then begins reflecting on it and realizes that she is grateful for this. Bradstreet counts in joy and decides that she had gotten too attached to her Earthly belongings and the fire was God reminding her that these are not the important things. - In this poem Bradstreet goes into discussing how God has delt with her. - As she is writing this she is anticipating that her children will struggle - At age 7- she says she couldn’t sleep one night so she lay in bed reflecting and realized that she had many sins that she had not realized. She laid in bed and asked for forgiveness then was able to sleep. - At age 15- She gets small pox and realizes it was to teach her not to worry so much but instead trust God and she lives through the small pox. - Her reflection on these times: “It was these times in which I have felt God’s mercies the most”


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