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Group A: Week 2 English

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Samantha Vanderslice

on 14 June 2013

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Week 2: Group A
A Key into the Language of America
Roger Williams (c. 1603-1683) Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
guide to help people to learn the language of the different tribes of Native Americans
directions to speak the language and translated common religious phrases
discusses culture and traditions of natives
preaches tolerance for other religions
Historical Significance
escaped religious prosecution and co-founded Providence, Rhode Island
-one of the 1st steps towards religious freedom in the Americas
-advocated fair dealings with the Native Americans
-documented Indians' language and culture
Ideological, Philosophical, Political, and/or Spiritual Content
Separation of Church and State

Indians were not subjects of British Empire, and should be treated as equals
Respects the fact that there are different religions
Intended Audience
missionaries and traders who needed to communicate with Native Americans
would have liked a broader audience to get the truth about the Indians out
Association with Music
-"Imagine" by John Lennon
-Humans are not that different
-Look beyond external appearances
-Colonists vs. Indians
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Personal Narrative (1740)

- journey towards his deep faith in God, worries about his past sins
Sarah Edwards's Narrative (1742)
- his wife expresses her deep devotion to God
A Divine and Supernatural Light (1733)
- sermon, need spiritual light directly from God to truly understand the divine truth, can't reason through religion because it needs to come from inside
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741)
- sermon to worry people about hell, describes hell as an awful place and the only way to avoid it is by putting your faith in God
Gut Reactions
We were surprised and impressed with his defiantly tolerant perspectives for both the Indians and people of other religious beliefs.
Historical Significance
Why he wrote it
be the voice for those not heard
ideals of separate church and state
Why he wrote it
How was it appealing?
commonly known as "America's most important and original philosophical theologian"
-profound impact on the Great Awakening
-dedicated every aspect of his life to the study of Theology
Ideological, Philosophical, Political, and/or Spiritual Content
Intended Audience
How is Work Appealing?
Gut Reactions
We were somewhat befuddled and disinterested in his repetitive rambles on God and hell but pretty astounded by his in depth and emotional sermon
Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783; New York)
On the Immensity of Creation-compared how small we humans are to the infinitely large space God created, suffered many tragedies in life and was probably depressed/lonely
To Miss M. V. W. - express her concern for war, longed for days of peace
-women have the right to express their opinions about politics
Historical Significance
Why she wrote it
Ideological, Philosophical, Political and/or Spiritual Content
Intended Audience
What makes it appealing?
Association with motion picture/song
Gut Reactions
Interesting Vocabulary among Works

Sovereignty – referring to God as a soveign God
Vehement – powerful, impassioned, deeply felt


Celestial relating to, or suggesting heaven or divinity (this kind of shows how depressed she was and that in a way she awaited death)

“Oh! How I long to see those halcyon days when peace again extends her rays” ( A halcyon is a bird identified with the kingfisher and held in ancient legend to nest at sea about the time of the calm the waves during incubation)


What stood out for us is his translation

Keesuckquand –The Sun God

Yotaanit - The Fire God

Wetuomanit – The House God

Aquiewopwauwash – Peace, hold your peace
What connects the works?
Literal standpoint
-Two Groups- “Natives vs. Europeans” and “Sinners and Puritans”
-Attract another idea

Historical Standpoint
-Both during the New World discoveries
-Williams- Europeans think differently of Natives
-Edwards- The new World is affecting people’s idealism and puritan beliefs

Miss M.V.W
-"I am Woman" by Helen Reddy
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman
Writing not intended for others to see
expresses curiosities of the afterlife
fascination with Gods ultimate power
Humans are insignificant on the large scale of the world
-helped expose the thoughts of American women in the 18th century
-poems show struggles of women during the American Revolution
small group of family and friends
never intended or imagined her writing would one day be published and her audience would be college because they were so personal
religious individuals
people who lost their faith in God
strong ethos; free of fallacies/errors in memory; repeats "I know"
use of Biblical allusion to connect with readers
use of metaphors, rich language, dialogue
very strong language
scares the audience with hell
passionate love for God
rich diction and word choice
oxymoron to highlight theme of depression
use of biblical allusions to highlight supremacy of God

We mostly supported and approved of her poems because they show that women can be intellectual as well. (Most of us are ladies here).
Worked for the revival of Christianity in America
Role model for early women writers
She places the loss of her family members in political and cultural perspective.
Early Feminist, believed women had valid opinions as well
worried about the ongoing American Revolution
spread Christianity
restore peoples faith in God
sing of his own love for God
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