1. Now that you have finished reading the works in Unit 1, consider the ideals, values, and themes that early American writers considered to be important and worthy of inclusion in their journals, sermons, and poems.
What are these ideals and values? Why were they important? Did certain values or ideals seem to become more or less important over time? If so, why?
How do different writers incorporate them into their works? Cite specific examples from the writings of Bradford, Winthrop, Bradstreet, and Edwards in your response.
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"Most of the early American writers' ideals and values were based on Christianity. They believed that for every action, they would either be punished or rewarded or punished by God and that he has a plan that should not be questioned. Like in Anne Bradstreet's poem "Upon the Burning of Our House" she writes "Adieu, Adieu, All's Vanity." This was an allusion from the Old Testament, which suggests that it is foolish and selfish to mourn over earthly possessions."