Puritan womens place in society during Colonial Am Essay

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Puritan womens place in society during Colonial America



The Puritan Revolution of 17th-century in America endorsed an intimate classification of
women with domestic life that achieve a wide acceptance throughout the 18th century.
Women were thus locked in the “created” domestic sphere while men were busy in the
political sphere. However, Anne Hutchinson was a religious dissenter and she challenged
the Puritan principle of conformity with religious laws was a symbol of godliness and that
the Bible as the sole source of those laws. Nevertheless, Hester was a feminist and she
challenged the Puritan belief of women belonging in the “cult of domesticity.”

Up to this time, Puritan women were very restricted to life at home and therefore judged
as inferior to men. For example, in my research I found that women were sent to the
colonies as “prospective wives” for the settlers and the women lived in homes with married
couples where they would receive suitors if they chose (source 1, 24). This exhibits how
women did not come to America for the same reason as men did because the men came here for
religious, economical reasons, or more. Nevertheless, women were immigrating to America
to be the wives of the settlers; this demonstrates that women were expected to live in the
household for the rest of their lives. In addition, in The Scarlet Letter, as Hester is
standing on the scaffold in the beginning of the book, “a judge, a general, and the
minister of the town; all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting house, looking
down upon the platform of the spectacle without risking the majesty or reverence of rank
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