Emotional Conflict of Puritan Belief
Anne Bradstreet was a puritan wife and mother. However, her passion for literary creation was forced, moreover, to operate within the restraints and inhibitions of Puritanism. There is a conflict between Puritan theology and her own personal feelings on life reflected in many of her poems in which reveal her eternal conflict regarding her emotions and the beliefs of her religion.
Puritan marriage normally was repressed so as not to distract their life from their devotion to God. In that time, women normally passed away before men. It was very common for men in that time to remarry rather quickly after the death of his wife to make sure the family is taken care of. However, Anne expressed the bond of love that binds humanity within the divine in her poems. “To My Dear and Loving Husband” conveys Anne Bradstreet’s strong love for her husband: “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold”. The same poem also expresses her idea of everlasting love between their selves after life on earth which is normally not of typical Puritan belief: “That when we love no more, we may live ever”. And again, “A letter To Her Husband” communicates her strong love, passion, and unity with her husband: “If two be one, as surely though and I”. The quotes from her poems represented how much she did love and care for her husband in which was rather strong feelings for a Puritan relationship.
Puritan’s also believed that God preordained those whom go to Heaven and that all mankind is stained by Adam and Eve’s sin. They believed everything was an act of providence. However, in “Upon The Burning of Our House” Anne expressed a genuine comfort of after life:
A price so vast as is unknown
Yet by His gift is made thine own;
There’s wealth enough, I need no more,
Farewell, my pelf, farewell my store,
The world no longer let me love,
My hope and treasure lies above.
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