Class Notes (807,242)
Canada (492,664)
York University (33,498)
English (895)
EN 2230 (5)
all (2)


4 Pages
Unlock Document

York University
EN 2230

Introduction to American Literature EN2230 – Fall/Winter 2011/2012 – Geoff Hamilton Lecture 2 – Religious Foundations – Sept 14 - The puritans were some of the early settlers (European) of the new world. o They were looking for a place to practice their religion freely. o The puritans were seeking the ‘American dream’ where they could worship god freely. o Extremely devout believers. o They were existent in purifying the worship of god; they thought the way he was being worshiped in England, etc., was not pure. - Winthrop text: o Born just a decade or more after William Shakespeare. o There is very little settlement in the new world at this time. o To want to go to the new world is an extremely courageous act, you don’t know what could happen when you’re there and you can have issues on the way there. o You can sense how strong their sense of self is and you can tell how important it is to them. o Delivers the sermon on the ship – just before its left. o The importance of the bible cannot be missed. o Sermon is divided into two parts  Part 1 – generic message of the Christian faith, of the followers. ♦ Page 80 – inch and a half down the page – where the questions and answers starts. ‘What rule must we observe…?’ • He rejects another American principle – capitalism. • Expecting to find strong emphasis on principles that we now consider ‘American’. • Instead – it explains the opposite; says that the whole is much more important that the individual; the community is more important than the individual. • He explains that Christians have corrupted the worship of the Christian god and we now had to fix the beliefs and teachings. ♦ Page 82 – final full paragraph – ‘The next consideration is how this love…’ • Christ comes to you whenever he wants. • That grace is important determinacies of the lies of the Christians. • That one can’t figure out what it is about – and that people are subject to God’s will. • The era of Adam, the era of Christ and the era of the new settlement of the Americans; this is as important as the transformation of Adam and Christ. • America is supposed to be that – it’s supposed to change the world for ever.  Part 2 – how the worship of god is going to be purified by the people he is leading and how this settlement is going to show the rest of the world. ♦ Page 86 – the second full paragraph – ‘Now the only way to avoid this ship wreck…’ • The indication of the ship wreck has a literal and metaphorical implication. − He’s trying to acknowledge the sense of danger that they all faced and to remind them that there’s a reason for what they’re about to do. ♦ Page 86 – near the bottom – ‘For we must consider that we shall be like a city upon a hill…’ • The whole world is watching – the world depends on what happens in the new world. • Idea of ascendency. - Rowlandson Text: o Introduction to text:  Natives are represented as monsters and are represented as ‘people from hell’.  Shows that the natives are smarter than the settlers, they have the man power and they are fighting.  Get the idea that the natives are an enemy that needs to be respected and feared because they are frightening.  One sided story – ‘in media res’- it means that you start in the middle of things.  Other commentators have given more information from the beginning, they provide more context, but Rowlandson starts in the middle and she wants us to realize that they are just angry, native people.  This attack was something that she could have anticipated the attack.  She’s trying to paint a black and white picture as dramatically as possible, the narratives are meant to be demons.
More Less

Related notes for EN 2230

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.