Through Adam and Eve

Topics: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft Pages: 2 (426 words) Published: February 5, 2013
Through Adam and Eve, every person is born a sinner. Few are selected for salavation, for Jesus died for the chosen only. Mather believed that God had appointed him to help establish the New World, by ruling out evil. Binding religion and family was the covenant of the New England Puritans. Puritans believed they were one, and purity was the way of everyday life. In American context, churches and states are separated, while worship is practiced on Sunday's. The family's authority was backed by the Fifth Commandment: "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land." This could be the reason why the Puritans were so intent on settling and subduing this "new" land. The New Englanders are people of God settled in those, which were once the devil's territories; where Satan tried to overturn the Purtian colony. According to Mather, witches were sent as divine judges against sinful people. Dealing with neighbors and relatives in church activities made outer limits socially for puritan women. In this passage Mather makes you aware that women/witches were doing witchcraft as selfish punishments. To rule out evil these witches had to be stopped before the Puritans could accomplish their mission in the New World. Baym, Nina, and Levine S. Robert. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 8th Edition; Volume A. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 2012 328-333. Carnes C. Mark, and Garraty A. John. The American Nation: A History of the United States; 14th Edition. Vol 1 To 1877. New Jersey: Copyright@ 2012, 2008,2006, 2003 by Pearson Education, Inc. Published by Prentice Hall. 65-66. Combining "evidence" from the witchcraft era with historical analysis, the author divides this piece into three parts, all of which are reproductions of documentation written by Cotton Mather for the Salem Witch Trials. The first part, "Enchantments Encountered," introduces the invasion of the devil, which Mather surmises has infested their town because it is a...
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