Can you analyze and comment upon this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?
Can you analyze and comment this little piece of text extracted from “New English Canaan” by Thomas Morton?
“And this the whole company of the revelers at Ma-re Mount knew to be the true sense and exposition of the riddle that was fixed to the Maypole which the Separatists were at defiance with.”
It belongs to The Third Book. The Incident at Merry Mount. Chapter XIV. Of The Revels of New Canaan.
What is going on in this fragment? What does it mean and suppose in the context it happened? Can you comment this piece of text? I mean, could you write a short composition in which there can be seen the relationship between what you write and the text to really comment on the text focusing on the paragraph, on what the text means?
If you could help me to understand better this text, you can make paralelism. I want a commentary of this text, not plot summaries of the whole work.
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I have never read this book in its entirety, but it seems that the text you have quoted draws reference to the way in which the initial settlers of New England quickly found themselves coming into conflict with each other over the way their lives should be ran. The text directly references a maypole, which I think you have asked earlier questions about. Using a maypole as part of a religious festival or ceremony is extremely ambiguous at best, as it was actually first used as part of pagan worship and is famed for its phallic nature, representing fertility. That a group of Puritans, who rejected Christmas and did not celebrate other big Christian festivals, should use a maypole as part of celebrating something, is extremely interesting.
Thus the interest of this text lies in the way in which it points towards disharmony in early visions of utopia.
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