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Upon the Burning of Our House Upon the Burning of Our House by Anne Bradstreet is a very interesting poem It illustrates some of the puritans ideas It also illustrates many archetypes Some of these archetypes are helplessness materialistic desires and comfort in religion When a disaster occurs that drastically changes our lives there is an unnerving sense of helplessness Bradstreet shows this helplessness with lines such as And to my God my heart cry to strengthen me in my distress and not leave me succorless As Bradstreet shows by saying My pleasant things in ashes lie and them behold no more shall I it is human nature to be materialistic Then many people find comfort by rationalizing that God caused their problem for the greater good and that they will be rewarded in heaven Bradstreet shows this by saying Thou hast an house on high erect framed by that mighty architectYet by His gift is made thine own theres wealth enough I need no more My hope and treasure lies above It is also interesting how she mourns the loss of her possessions and then she seems to remember that she is a puritan and begins to praise and thank God It appears that Bradstreet and probably many other puritans had difficulty with always having faith and unquestioning acceptance in Gods actions This is further supported in a quote by Bradstreet I have often been perplexed that I have not found that constant Joy in my Pilgrimage and refreshing which I supposed most of the servants I supposed most of the servants of god have This makes me wonder if she didnt often question her religion
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