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The desire to achieve a higher self worth is a desire that can lead to something good or bad One of the determining factors is who or what they are trying to improve themselves for This led to the creation of the American Dream the thing that all Americans strive for The American ideal of achieving higher status has evolved throughout American history whether the higher status is a moral or material status Americans have always tried to reach a higher status than they had the day beforeReligion played a very large role in Puritan life and the Puritans had one goal they wanted to get to Heaven They thought that to get there they had to reach a higher moral status than others This is shown in William Bradfords Of Plymouth Plantation when he compares the sailors of the Mayflower compared to the Puritans on the voyage He writes that the sailors would do what could be done for their wages sake Bradford 72 and they were loath to hazard their lives too desperately Bradford 72 The Puritans however helped each other willingly and cheerfully Bradford 73 even during the Starving Time that killed half of the settlement Moreover Puritans believed that people were inherently evil and were destined to sin This idea gives another reason why Puritans tried to improve themselves morally Puritans felt that they could accomplish good only through continual hard work and self discipline Story of the Times Beginnings to 1750 6 They felt that if they did their duty in the community and disciplined themselves to do good morally then they would be on their way to Heaven Those ideas changed however in ways that may seem to challenge the Puritan idea of self worthThe Crucible had many characters that challenged the Puritan ideal of moral self worth Instead they strived for a higher worth in the community Reverend Parris for instance is a very prestigious man in
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