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Hester What a Change The Puritans came from England in the sixteen hundreds to break free from the laws and regulations made by the king of England In the new world they were able to practice their own form of religion The Puritans believed in God and His laws A Young Puritans Code was Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without Gods help I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions so far as they are agreeable to his will for Christ sake Jonathan Edwards And they had over fourteen resolutions to keep Although this is Jonathan Edwards interpretation it was most likely the way the Puritan lived And they probably obeyed it out of fear for their life For sinners are in the hands of a angry God Many years later Nathaniel Hawthorn was greatly interested by the Puritans This 19th-century American novelist was born on July 4 in Salem Massachusetts and died May 11 1864 He was the first American writer to apply artistic judgment to Puritan society He was intrigued by the psychological insight into the complexities of human motivations and actions In The Scarlet Letter he expressed one of the central legacies of American Puritanism using the plight of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale to illustrate the conflict between the desire to confess and the necessity of self-concealment Hawthorne grew up with his two sisters and their widowed mother and an uncle saw to his education at Bowdoin College In 1852 Hawthorne wrote the campaign biography of Franklin Pierce an old college friend The best of Hawthorns early fiction was gathered in Twice-Told Tales Mosses from an Old Manse and The Snow-Image These capture the complexitys of the New England Puritan heritage Hawthornes writing had a wide range of influence upon people such as Melville who dedicated the great classic Moby-Dick to him One of
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