I need help with an assignment to give a sketch of Puritanic society found in The Scarlet Letter. The assignment must cover 2000 words.  Please, I need it very soon.Assignment should include: 1....

I need help with an assignment to give a sketch of Puritanic society found in The Scarlet Letter.

The assignment must cover 2000 words.  Please, I need it very soon.

Assignment should include:

1. What is Puritanism and what is Puritanic society

2. History of Puritanism

3. How The Scarlet Letter represents Puritanism.

 

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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A 2,000 word essay is lengthy, and will require quite a bit of research at the beginning.  Certainly, your essay could be organized according to the three inclusion points listed.  You might aim to write 2 paragraphs on each point (though, logically, I would suggest you switch the order of point 1 and point 2).  Once you add an introduction and conclusion to the paper, you should have about 8 paragraphs total.  If each paragraph is 250 words in length, you'll have met your goal.

In order to help you get started on this assignment, I encourage you to brainstorm answers and ideas for each of the three inclusion points listed.  Most of this information is readily available on the Internet by conducting a basic search using keywords: Puritans, Puritanism, Puritanism in The Scarlet Letter.  Some basic information includes:

  • Puritans refers to a number of Protestant groups whose purpose was to “purify” the Church of England
  • Their theology stressed humanity’s inherent evil; they believed that all humans were sinners and deserved eternal damnation.
  • They also believed in the mercy of God and that “the elect” would be saved through the death of Jesus Christ.
  • The question that ruled their lives: How do you know if you are “saved” or “damned?”
  • Puritans lived in fear of God's wrath; they created several "Biblical" rules and the people followed them out of fear.
  • Magistrates, ministers, and governors, however, hypocritically acted as judges of others and considered themselves already "saved."
  • The characters in The Scarlet Letter represent different people in a Puritan society.  Hester is a sinner living in judgement and fear.  Dimmesdale is a minister pretending to be righteous (for the people) but hiding his sin in secret agony.  Chillingworth is an outsider representing ideas from "savages" and the outside world; he seeks to punish Dimmesdale through guilt and manipulation.  Other magistrates, the governor, and the townspeople act as hypocrites, judges, and societal influences on the main characters.

The links below will supply you with additional helpful information in your research.

 

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