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Edgar S Morgan gives a complete understanding of the Puritan Faith in his novel The Puritan Family He shows how the Puritans honored God above all and that the Puritans primary goal was to lead an honest life filled with blessings which in turn would secure a place in heaven for themselves The novel describes in detail the duties and expectations of every member of the Puritan family Relationships between the Puritan wife and husband and the parents and their children are all coveredPuritans believed marriage to be a sacred covenant between men and women Both husband and wife were assigned duties by God and it was crucial for Puritans to carry out their lives based on these duties When husband and wife neglect their duties they not only wrong each other but they provoke God by breaking his law Morgan pg 30 A Puritan husband and wife were expected by society to create a family and remain together until death Under some circumstances the civil courts would grant divorce when either party could prove that the other had neglected a fundamental duty however both were certain to be shunned by the community Since marriage was an ordinance of God and its duties commands of God the Puritan courts enforced these duties 39 The government and the entire community were both influenced by the laws of GodThe husband was expected to remain faithful to his wife his whole life He had a duty as a husband to support his wife and this was enforced by judicial action When a woman married her property passed to her husband 40 and in return he furnished her support On top of this he was to be loving and tender of herA womans role in the Puritan family was understood by all No respectable person questioned that womans place was in the home 42 As soon as a woman was wed she turned over all of her possessions to
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