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The Roles of Puritan and Colonial WomenIn attempting to examine understand and explain the Puritan and Colonial women her lifestyle and her many facets an individual must comprehend the many hats that these women were forced to wear The challenging roles and lifestyle of a woman of the Puritan-Colonial period reflected directly upon a society that was entrenched in a religiously driven male dominated oppressive social system that would define many generations in the New World Unfortunately history has forsaken many of the important women of their time and the roles that they had to fill Today it is important to recognize and understand these roles Many titles could fit the everyday role of the Puritan Colonial good wife A good wife might be described in many of the following ways a mother housewife neighbor mistress and at times heroine This essay identifies two different women who have fulfilled these roles It also sets forth to compare the roles of these women and their standing in American history The women I have chosen to talk about are As a Puritan woman in New England Hannah Duston was supposed to live a simple ordinary life One that was retrospective of a woman of the time Hannah Duston originally born Hannah Emerson was born into a hardworking deeply religious family From the time of her birth Hannah had seemed to follow in previous familial footsteps Hannah married a farmer becoming a housewife at an early age She also became a mother as she bore many children Her life in New England to that point was uneventful in fitting in with male dominated secular role of the Puritan woman of the day However one incident was about to change that status forever According to the author When fate happened upon Hannah Duston on that March morning in 1697 she was recovering from the delivery of a child Because reproduction framed every New England womans life these
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