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Pre-American Romantic writers such as Anne Bradstreet do not tend towards the gothic in their writings of religion and religious elements Although God is mysterious to Bradstreet she maintains certain characteristics and aspects expected of her and her religion She keeps her text true to their beliefs However Mary Rowlandson begins a transition phase for the writers of this period She begins to view God and religion in a more faithful and profound manner Anne Bradstreet believes if she lives her life the way God meant her to live it things will work out fine for her She believes that God is doing all of these detrimental things for a purpose and everything will work out in the end Cropped by th Almighty hand yet he is good With dreadful awe before him lets be mute Such with his will but why lets not dispute 268 Bradstreet has a traditional view about God She believes if she lives her life as a good person she will be rewarded for it If she lives her life full of pride and vanity then she will pay the consequences The good and just are rewarded and the bad are punished She does not have any unusual beliefs and seems to believe that God is just and good Rowlandson views God and religion in a different way than Bradstreet As Rowlandson was forced out of her Puritan society she was forced with equal vigor to abandon the ritual and routine of the Eucharist and her symbolic and direct communion with God through his son Christ It was obvious from the narrative that Rowlandson was deeply religious and an avid Bible reader Rowlandson unlike Bradstreet does not question her faith she is one that truly believes even in the hard times Rowlandson states The Indians stood laughing to see me staggering along but in my distress the Lord gave me experiences of the truth and goodness of that promise 328
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