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The Puritan Journey Puritans were looked upon as being fanatics They were gods so-called chosen people In their eyes America was in a sense the second Garden of Eden They wanted to come to America and live the perfect life in a utopian society They emphasized Original Sin in their teaching which taught that everyone was already born a sinner Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown Edgar Allen Poes The Raven and Jonathan Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God all depict images of the Puritan journey which include evading sin self-improvement and going to heaven Evading sin is an important image of the Puritan journey Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown is a story which illustrates a mans inability to confess his sins Goodman Brown tries everything to resist his temptations but soon comes to a disillusioned realization that everyone and everything that surrounds himhis church wife and community are all evildoers and corrupt beings On Sabbath day when the congregation were singing a holy psalm he could not listen because an anthem of sin rushed loudly upon his ear and drowned all the blessed strain pg 716 He could not come to grips with his own desires and so projected his own feelings of sin onto everyone else Because he was unable to conceive the notion that everyone elses faults was his faults as well was borne to his grave a hoary corpse followed by Faith an aged woman and children and grandchildren a goodly procession besides neighbors not a few they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone for his d ying hour was gloom pg 716 Additionally Edgar Allan Poes The Raven is able to depict the image of the evasion of sin as well The Raven questions the things one did or did not do in the course of their life This can be considered as trying to evade sin The raven itself symbolizes hopelessness and impending death
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