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EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1700

I. NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

II. LITERARY OF EXPLORATION

III. LITERARY OF RELIGIONS


I. NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Common themes:

The sense of the sacred


The sense of the beauty
The sense of place
The sense of community
THE SKY TREE

By Joseph Bruchac
MAIN THEMES
Nature

Love
II. LITERARY OF EXPLORATION
COMMON THEMES

The benefits of the New World


The difficult of pilgrimages into the wilderness
Conflict of benefits
Religious motivation
POCAHONTAS

By John Smith (1580 1631)


MAIN THEMES
Love

Adventure

Being in agreement
III. LITURATURE OF RELIGION
PURITANS
Who were Puritans?

A group left England in search of religious freedom. This


group was called the Puritans
PURITANS
Why did they come to America?

To explore
To make money
To spread and to practice their religion freely
Religion
Literature was to be practical, expressing useful and religious
ideas.

Writing was a way to express praise for Gods grace and mercy
upon the Puritans.

Most of writings are focused on God


they have religious themes.
TO MY DEAR AND LOVING HUSBAND

By Anne Bradstreet (1612 1672)

A MODEL OF CHRISTIAN CHARITY

By John Winthrop (1588 1649) in 1630


To My Dear and Loving Husband
By Anne Bradstreet ( 1612 1672) in 1678

If ever two were one, then surely


we.
If ever man were loved by wife,
then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if
you can.
I prize thy love more than whole
mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East
doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot
quench,
MAIN THEMES
Love

Marriage

Death

Religion
A Model of Christian Charity
By John Winthrop ( 1588 1649 ) in 1630
MAIN THEMES
Charity

Communalism

Unity
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What theme does not belong to Native
American Literature?

A. Sense of Beauty
B. Sense of Place
C. Sense of Religion
Why did the wife in " Sky Tree" cut down
the tree?

A. Because of her husband's dream


B. Because of the environment
C. Because of the superstition
Which work was Pocahontas based on?

A. Description of New England


B. The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the
Summer Isles
C. History of Plymouth Plantation
Why did Puritans come to America?

A. Because of people
B. Because of practicing their religion freely
C. Because of be driven away from their old land
Most of Puritans writings are focused on:

A. Nature
B. Beauty
C. Religion
What are the themes of the poem To My Dear
and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet?

A. Love and death


B. Love, marriage and religion
C. Love, marriage, religion and death