Comment briefly on the attitude of the Puritans to literature in the nineteenth century.

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The Puritans believed that salvation after death depended upon living in accordance with the covenants established between God and humanity, as recorded in the Bible. Education was highly valued by the Puritans because they wanted everyone to be able to read and understand the Bible, the means for determining proper behavior in all situations.

The Puritans did not approve of types of literature (or other activities) that did not directly support the focus upon achieving a worthy existence by strictly complying with the code of behavior set out by the Puritan church as found in the Bible. Literature intended for recreational reading would have been forbidden in Puritan society.