Journals of Puritans

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The journals of Puritans differ considerably, especially according to gender. Gender roles were highly stratified, and Puritan journals reveal as much. Individual journals also offer compelling life stories told with literary flair. Their ability to use the narrative structure in their journals remains one of the most distinguishing features of the Puritan journals. For example, the journal of Mary Rowlandson describes her capture by the Native Americans, who the author describes as "barbarous creatures." The story offers a riveting account of the real life encounter with the people that Puritans so feared for their perceived savagery and lack of commitment to the Christian God. In addition to their strong literary structure, one of the main characteristics of Puritan journals is their xenophobia. The Puritans were stalwart in their commitment to Christian values, norms, and dogma. Descriptions of the encounters with Native Americans described in the Rowlandson journal are remarkably similar to the way that William Bradford describes the Romans' treatment of Christ: "bloody and barbarous persecutions of the Heathen Emperours."
Connected with their xenophobia is the pilgrim's concern with preserving their Christian identity and heritage. Christianity might be the most prevalent theme throughout Puritan life in general, which is expressed fully…

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