Free Essays on Victorian Puritanism

  1. Puritanism in American Literature

    Puritanism in American Literature The Puritans had a large influence in American literature and still influence moral judgment and religious beliefs in the United States to this day. Puritan writing was used to glorify God and to relate God more directly to our world. Puritan literature was commonly...

  2. The Influence of Puritanism on American Literature

    American Puritanism. A dominant factor in American life, Puritanism was one of the most enduring and shaping influences in American thought and American literature. Without true understanding of Puritanism, there would be no real understanding of American literature and American culture.¡°Puritanism had spoken...

  3. The Effects of Puritanism and the Great Awakening Upon American Society

    During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, both Puritanism and the Great Awakening played crucial roles in developing American society by paving the way to the development of democracy, by establishing a culture governed by ethics and morals, and by creating a united and independent society. The...

  4. Puritanism Covenant and the Perfect Society in New England

    Puritanism Covenant and the Perfect Society in New England When the Puritans came to New England, they came to settle with a clear society in mind. Not only would this society be free from the persecution that they endured in Old England; it would be free to create what the leader of the religion...

  5. How Far Was James Successful in Dealing with the Problems Presented by Puritanism in 1611-1625?

    Throughout James’ reign, religion, especially Puritanism was kept respectably under control, however incurring minor ‘hiccups’ along the way. James was indifferent to religious prejudice and aimed to please both Catholics and protestants; introducing the Jacobean compromise. Before 1611 when Abbot succeeded...

  6. Age of Puritanism

    poets such as Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor. Poems such as Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666 reflects the thoughts and actions of Puritanism during the 16th Century. They believe that sinners who do not ask for God’s forgiveness are banished to an eternity in hell. However they also believe...

  7. Anne Bradstreet vs Jonathan Edwards Essays and Term Papers

    although it is quite clear that they have many similar religious beliefs and similar base, Puritanism, it is obvious that there is a huge gap in belief between the two authors. Edward's writing takes Puritanism to its extremities whereas Bradstreet's works show a conventional view in the religion while...

  8. Literary analysis of Hawthornes "The Ministers Black Veil"

    Puritanism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" is a story about sin and the dark side of the Puritan religion. Hawthorne was a descendent of Puritan immigrants and grew up in Salem, Massachusetts where Puritanism was quite prevalent...

  9. Victoriam Morals

    The Victorian Era The Victorian Era is agreed to have stretched over the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901). It was a very exciting period with many artistic styles, literary schools as well as political and social movements. Furthermore the era was characterized by rapid change and developments...

  10. Victorian Age

    Victorian: the word is derived from the name of the Queen. George III: long reign. Then came George IV, and then William IV. Then the longest reign ever, that of Victoria: 1837-1901. This word evokes a lot of associations, positive or negative. Whoever the Victorian person was, he or she considered himself/herself...

  11. Wr on Terror

    absolute notions of right and wrong, thus individuals were judged accordingly; Victorians measured the success of their civilization according to its adherence to moral law. While Victorian values were closely linked with Puritanism and the lessons of the bible, as guidance or shaping it was also intertwined...

  12. Women in Puritan Society

    not at the hands of their peers, but by the will of the local religious institution, Puritanism. The situations the characters found themselves in were mostly because of their personalities, the strictness of Puritanism, and the misogynistic view that society held back then. Women, especially rebellious...

  13. Analysis of the Short Story the Yellow Wall Paper

    « resting cure” used for insane people by the physician of the Victorian era, we can find in this short story lots of characters who symbolise the Victorian values, especially the roles and places that women had to respect in the Victorian society. Indeed, through her fictional character who ...

  14. Eafeaf

    primary source, strengthened in the fact that it is from a middle class, single woman in Victorian England. Throughout the extract, Martineau attempts to make the reader visualise a happy single woman in Victorian England. Martineau uses phrases such as “strong will combined with anxiety of conscience...

  15. Scarlet Letter Review

    norms. It is a sacrifice which is inevitable, given Hester and Dimmesdale’s mutual striving to preserve their individuality against the conformity of Puritanism. It is the ultimate expression of their mutual success in meeting their “individuality” goals. Dimmesdale, Man’s Law, and Individuality Where...

  16. The Life and Times of the Puritan Era

    You will use 1 internet source and 2 non-internet sources to obtain information on the following topics: -Daily life in Salem in the 1600s -Puritanism and government -Witchcraft -Witch-hunts (both 17th century and modern) -Witch trials of 1692 -Biography of Arthur Miller -Biography of...

  17. Victorian Morality in Oliver Twist, Aurora Leigh, and Jane Eyre

    of workers, Socialism, and Marxism. Most importantly the culture and values of Britain also developed, in which established the ideologies of “Victorian Respectability”, ethics, and norms of society. More broadly, Victorianism embodied attention to proper "character" and the maintenance of "respectability...

  18. The Scarlet Letter

    the purpose of art, they placed a premium on intuitive, "felt" experience. Although Hawthorne wrote the novel during the Romantic literature, Puritanism was highly reflected in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. The Puritans is a religious group, which migrated from England to the Massachusetts...

  19. Religious Influences on Emily Dickinson: Puritanism and Transcendentalism in Her Poetry.

    herself and her poetry from the rest of the world. The two types of religions present in Emily Dickinson's life, Puritanism and Transcendentalism, had great influence over her poetry. Puritanism allowed Dickinson to remain grounded in her faith of God, while Transcendentalism permitted her to release herself...

  20. What Constitutes Horror in Victorian Gothic

    principal figures within Gothic works were the wanderer, the vampire, and the seeker of forbidden knowledge, all of which may be found within the Victorian examples of Gothicism to which I make reference. However, as with the characteristic change of genre over time, the concepts of `Gothic' and `Terror'...

  21. Thesis Writing

    《東華漢學》 創刊號 2003 年 2 月 頁 207- 228 國立東華大學中國語文學系 George Eliot’s Middlemarch: Victorian and Modern Critical Receptions Jintang Peng ∗ Abstract Cultural study today has far surpassed Leavis, who endorsed George Eliot’s Middlemarch in a concept that Eliot might not have agreed with. Our critical interests...

  22. The Importance of Being Earnest

    Importance of Being Earnest. (Wayne,David 2002). The Importance of Being Earnest is a witty comedic smear of the rigidity and greediness of the Victorian era. To begin we will look at some of the more important characters of the play to better get a feel for what will be happening in the play itself...

  23. Charles Le Gai Eaton Remembering God “Togethe, Yet Apart” Pp. 76-84

    westerners that is an invitation to hypocrisy although this saying would have been approved only a hundred years ago in terms of what is now described as "Victorian hypocrisy". The logic of concealment is, however, impeccable. Today, in the West, acceptable conduct is whatever most people do. A glance at the advice...

  24. The Ideal Puritan Society

    would to be an example of an ideal Christian society that can exist in harmony as a perfect model of society to the world. The long-term result of Puritanism is their lingering idealism that has been infused into our modern society. This is because they were amongst our first settlers to spread their ideas...

  25. Chapter 1: the Churches Arrive

    http://www.studyworld.com/puritan.htm The Puritans had a profound effect upon American culture.  As a political, social, and cultural force, Puritanism lasted until around 1728.  At this point the center of the country began a shift to the south.  The “Age of Reason” was also ushered in by way of...

  26. Life Lust and Lit in the Puritan Era

    to live uprightly. If anyone rejects grace after feeling its power in his life, he will be going against the will of God - something impossible in Puritanism. What is predestination? that tose who are going to hell can do nothing to save them self that they have know free will. How would Puritans view...

  27. Changed Morals in the Victorian Era

    Slowly Changing Morals and Values in the late Victorian Era (Reflecting on the readings in class) The Victorian era is generally agreed to stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). It was a tremendously exciting period when many artistic styles, literary schools, as well...

  28. Mainpoints on a Little Commonwealth by John Demos

    to thirty-five years), middle adulthood (thirty-five to fifty-five), and late adulthood (fifty-five till death). During the Old Colony period of Puritanism, the middle age (most specifically by age forty years old), was where significant responsibilities of leadership qualities were obtained. A Little...

  29. "The Europeans" by Henry James: To what extent is "The Europeans" an expression of James's quest for a synthesis of the two qualities, the 'good' (Americans) and the 'beautiful' (Europeans)?

    artist's point of view, he appears to have complete disregard for the older man's feelings. Mr Wentworth responds as he does, because of his simple Puritanism or his cultural naivety. Felix fails to realize this and blabbers on, adding insult to the injury, because of his own naivety. So again the representatives...

  30. Solving the Puritan Dilemma

    of the book, page five specifically, when Winthrop identifies the fact that “Puritanism required that a man devote his life to seeking salvation but told him he was helpless to do anything but evil.” Or simply put “Puritanism required that man refrain from sin but told him he would sin anyhow.” Winthrop...

  31. Ohhh Ok

    Victorian literature was written in England during the "Victorian era" which was from 1832-1901. Victorian literature mostly focused on the strict social, political, and sexual conservatism of the time. Some famous Victorian authors are Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Charles Dickens, and William Thackeray...

  32. Victorian Marriage

    Victorian Marriage Victorian is defined as having the characteristics usually attributed during the reign of Queen Victoria, such as prudishness and observance of the conventionalities. Charlotte Bronte wrote most her novels in the Victorian Era. Although Bronte herself was a woman in this era...

  33. The Fiction One Is in

    modes. ‘In the fifties, there was a strong feeling that this was the main road, the central tradition, of the English novel, coming down through the Victorians and Edwardians, temporarily diverted by modern experimentalism, but subsequently restored (by Orwell, Isherwood, Greene, Waugh, Powell, Angus Wilson...

  34. Literature

    Prejudice (marriage – necessity, idealized etc. - romantic approach) vs. Scarlet Letter vs. Major Barbara – Puritanism vs. one more?? 8. Compare & contrast the different manifestations of PURITANISM in • the books by 2 American writers • the 19 th & 20th C – Hawthorne – 19th C – Scarlet Letter...

  35. The Fremch Luitenants Woman's Notes

    convey a more realistic picture to the contemporary reader, but the intrusive manner of Fowles as an author points out that somebody other than a Victorian is representing the facts for us. “Fowles reveals that if --- of realism are pursued to their fullest extent they conclude only by emphasizing...

  36. Victorian Effets on Literature

    The Victorian Era’s Effect on Literature In the nineteenth century, England became the first society to undergo the effects of industrialization. It induced much social and economic restructuring for the better and for the worse of the people. Victorian writers reactions to the change differed greatly...

  37. the mill on the floss

    on the Floss and Double Standards George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss is a Victorian novel that follows the development of Maggie's life since early childhood until her becoming a young woman. The Victorian period society had different standards of values concerning men and different ones concerning...

  38. How Does Dickens Portray Life as Hard in Victorian Times in the Opening Chapters of Great Expectations?

    How does Dickens portray life as hard in Victorian times in the opening chapters of Great Expectations? Charles Dickens, born in 1812, has been well known for writing about the social injustices of the Victorian era to bring an awareness of the conditions of the working classes to the wider public...

  39. Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia

    Thought-Forms, a strange, beguiling, frequently pretentious, utterly original book first published in 1901, emerged from this ferment of late-Victorian mysticism. It was written by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, erstwhile members of the London Theosophical Society alongside Yeats, and it features...

  40. poverty

    Poverty in the Victorian time In the 19th century England faced many significant social challenges, rapid changes in employment, housing and social welfare brought about a huge change in peoples’ lives. A quarter of the entire population of Victorian Britain was living in poverty. 40%...

  41. Dracula Rhetorical Analysis

    characteristics of an ideal Victorian woman until he sees her actions after she has been subject to Dracula’s bite. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, pathos is utilized to convey the theme of female sexuality to portray false morality that was present in the Victorian times. In Victorian times, women were very...

  42. Poetic Space Structures

    knew great flourishment” (Barbara Z. Thaden, p. 9) Barbara Z. Thaden notes in her book Student's Compagnion to Emily and Charlotte Brontë. In the Victorian period many good writers, such as Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelly, Charles Dickens, Thackeray, were meant to remain models for the young generations...

  43. The Puritan Dilemma

    in the world without being of it." Superficially Puritanism was only a belief that the Church of England should be purged of its hierarchy and of the traditions and ceremonies inherited from Rome. But those who had caught the fever knew that Puritanism demanded more of the individual than it did of the...

  44. The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

    because of her strong principles, immediately judges those different from herself. This shows the narrators ignorance as well as her ideology. While Puritanism is a model or code of life for Rowlandson and other Puritans, it forces a strict way of life and belief system which can lead to ignorance in both...

  45. Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest and the Victorian Period The Victorian Era was a time of social reform. Society was rediscovering novels in its many structures. Essentially the late Victorian era was the beginning of a cultural resurgence. Although the Upper Class society still had a stronghold...

  46. юмор

    word play, and also for historical reasons as the first traces of humour in British literature showed a need to react against the intolerance of Puritanism. The tradition of absurd and nonsense was rooted in English culture notably by Lewis Carroll, who was followed by loads of humorists until today...

  47. Ann Bradstreet: Conflict Between Self and God

    Colonial American poet Anne Bradstreet’s work has persevered as a literary representation of Puritanism and early America. Bradstreet wrote about God, about the new world, about her family, and domestic life. At first glance her poetry might seem purely Puritanical in form and in subject. However...

  48. Moderation and complex in Franklin’s character

    “mixed” and “complex” are fine to describe him and he just can find his position right between two extremes. Raised in the contradictory of the puritanism and enlightenment of that time, Franklin epitomized the main characteristic of that time. When he talked about his attitude towards religion, he...

  49. Comparison of the Yellow Wall Paper and the Awakening

    Erin Feeney October 3, 2009 AP Lit Period 3 “The Yellow Wallpaper” and The Awakening The Victorian Era put great constraints on society. The social standards had an intense impact on the people, especially the women. Woman reacted in an array of ways to the male controlled era. This contrast...

  50. An Imitative Narrative in Mathew Arnold’s Work as a Reflection of Victorian Thought and Beliefs.

    Ramsha Ashraf Proses 19 October 2012 An Imitative Narrative in Mathew Arnold’s Work as a Reflection of Victorian thought and beliefs. The main streams constituting modern European and American thought, as imperialism, empiricism, rationalism, utilitarianism, racism and pragmatism...

  51. How Far Does the Novel “the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson Conform to the Conventions of Victorian Gothic Horror Genre?

    The conventions of Victorian Gothic horror are: literary suspense; barbarism as opposed to elegance; stereotyped characters, the seeker of forbidden knowledge; the supernatural; portraying the terrifying and archaic old settings. Also this was a time when people started to look into the human mind...

  52. Similarities between American-Puritanism and Chinese -Confucianism

    American-Puritanism and Chinese -Confucianism have both played a tremendously important role in the foundation and growth of American and Chinese society respectively. But these two parallels seem to have no point of intersection. Making comparison between them is a hard and daring job. However, it is...

  53. To what extent does Oscar Wilde rely on rely on food to compound comedy in the “Importance of Being Earnest”

    them. The fact that his message is conveyed through the metaphor of the cucumber sandwiches highlights the materialistic and superficial views of victorian society as it shows competition of even vital necessities being the food. Comedy is enhanced as dramatic irony is created. The audience is aware of...

  54. H Is for Hypocrite

    of the main parts of Puritanism. That house was definitely not plain. Then another time was on election day when all of the Puritans were celebrating. They were enjoying themselves in total chaos. They were fighting, smoking, celebrating, etc. That was also not what Puritanism was all about. Another...

  55. Henry Louis Mencken: “Puritanism Is the Haunting Fear That Someone, Somewhere, May Be Happy.”

    Henry Louis Mencken: “Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Puritans first stepped off the Mayflower and onto the shores of the New World in 1630. Many historians accuse Puritans of being religiously intolerant, harsh, reactionary bigots. However, the Puritans are...

  56. Victorian Period

    The Victorian Period The Victorian Age was a time of great change in both Great Britain and the United States. Changes occured quickly in all areas of the society. Both countries were rapidly changing from agriculture to an industrial society. These changes influenced the attitudes and values of the...

  57. Child Labor in Victorian Era

    Child Labor in Victorian Era: A Dramatic Denounce in Elizabeth Barret Browning´s The Cry of the Children The age of Victorian Britain was a period where technology, education, engineering and many advances made Britain a big society. The industrial revolution was a period where the country became...

  58. The Role of Women in Victorian Period

    THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN VICTORIAN LITERATURE Like Mary Wollstonecraft´s A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), Mill´s treatise brings libertarian arguments for reform in the privileges of men to apply to the status of women. It was not only the political revolutions of the times, however...

  59. Puritans Anne Bradstreet

    still look after them and love them. In writing her poetry she would leave them with her beliefs on how to survive and live to uphold the beliefs of Puritanism. “This book by any yet unread, I leave for you when I am dead, That being gone here you may find what was your living mother’s mind. Make use of...

  60. The Denial of the Main Victorian Values in Hardy's Jude the Obscure

    The denial of the main Victorian values in Hardy’s Jude the Obscure In Jude the Obscure, we can find several similarities between the author, Thomas Hardy and the hero, Jude Fawley. Hardy was at the time of producing the novel engaged in restoring the church at West Knighton, working as a stone mason...