Archetypes In Phoebe Pyncheon

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In contrast to these dark and adrift individuals, both novels introduce characters who had strong binds to Christianity and as a result of devout faith, brought optimism and gaiety into the lives of the victims subjected to corruption. Hawthorne’s Phoebe Pyncheon first appeared with the light of God glowing around her presence as if it were a halo ring. The trust and loyalty Phoebe embedded within herself and her creator influenced Hepzibah and Clifford to continue God’s plan. Foster’s Minister Boyer was a man of the bible who did nothing more than show Eliza Wharton the potentially fruitful lifestyle that could have evolved had she chosen him as her companion. Oftentimes, Wharton found herself most comfortable with Boyer and her family encouraged…show more content…
It is recumbent to recognize that the Civil War is a confrontation between two types of people: those who intentionally misuse Christianity as a means of justification for acts of malevolence, such as slavery and gender inequality and those who honor the authentic words of God and in doing so, live a life of glee and morality. Poets William Bradford and Phillis Wheatley resembled the diminutive portion of the American population that embodied good character. Even in the seventeenth century, Bradford used his talents to urge fellow companions to right their wrongs and “repent, amend, and turn to God,” in his poem, A Word To New England. He had already begun to notice early Americans falling away from traditional Christian ways, evident in the horrific economic disaster that sprouted following the application of indentured servants. Wheatley retained similar sentiments and after learning the gospels of Christianity from her slave masters in the eighteenth century, she projected her knowledge upon a congregation of young adults in her poetic address to The University of Cambridge, in New-England. She retold the accounts of Jesus’s crucifixion “when the whole human race by sin had fall’n,” then exclaimed how the adults needed to find a way to “suppress the deadly serpent in its egg” and “Let [them] be shunn’d.” Because Wheatley and Bradford encouraged early…show more content…
The people who inhabited American lands attempted to normalize wicked elements of life, such as slavery and gender roles/stereotyping by putting emphasis on who or what was superior in comparison and contrast to others. Elizabeth Margaret Chandler understood these wrongdoings and attempted to bring such injustices to light, asking her audience to “Think of our country’s glory, all dimm’d with Africa's tears,” (Chandler) which not only put into perspective the wrongful application of forced human labor in her poem, Think of Our County’s Glory, but also suggested Americans move away from portraying the antagonist behind those events. As one can see, Americans did not follow Chandler’s advice which ultimately led to Harriet Beecher Stowe creating her controversial and critically acclaimed novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Moreover Chandler went on to say the American flag was “stain’d and gory with the hoarded guilt of years,” insinuating the idea of early Americans retaining coherent remorse for such doings. This meant evil souls identified their actions as immoral, yet continued to use their political and religious standings to detain slaves in oppression as Frederick Douglass explained in The Church and Prejudice. Douglass revealed to Plymouth Church Antislavery society in 1841 that corrupted American

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