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  1. 1. Between Heaven and Hell The Puritan Tradition
  2. 2. Puritan beliefs: <ul><li>Human beings are inherently evil and so must struggle to overcome their sinful nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal salvation depends solely on the grace of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is the supreme authority on earth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Puritan logic: <ul><li>The longer you live, the more you sin. </li></ul><ul><li>The more you sin, the angrier God gets. </li></ul><ul><li>The angrier He gets, the worse your punishment will be. </li></ul><ul><li>The sooner you die, the better off you’ll be. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Puritan literature: <ul><li>Purpose – moral instruction (for teaching, not pleasure) </li></ul><ul><li>Types – sermons, poetry, hymns </li></ul><ul><li>Printed first book in America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1640 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bay Psalm Book (collection of sacred songs or hymns) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) <ul><li>One of most important figures in history of American literature </li></ul><ul><li>Considered by many to be the first American poet </li></ul><ul><li>Works included the struggles of a Puritan wife against the hardships of New England colonial life </li></ul>
  6. 6. Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) <ul><li>Exemplary love for her faith, children, and husband </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote in a simple, lyrical style pleasant for anyone to read </li></ul><ul><li>Even though it was difficult for women to air their views in her time, she did so with ease </li></ul>

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