Transatlantic Voyage Paper

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Singh Gaurav Singh Mrs. Cain Literary Explorations II 18 December 2006 Man’s Literature Expresses His Beliefs and Provides Reasons for His Actions Since man has been able to write, he has expressed his beliefs in literature. What’s more, the beliefs expressed in his writings provide justifications for his actions. For example, authors today write about global warming. In these writings, they express their beliefs—whether it is a serious issue, how serious it is, etc. Based on these beliefs, people take action—minimize electricity consumption, walk a block instead of driving, etc. Similarly, Puritans and Cavalier Poets (secularists) wrote literature in the 16 th century. In this literature, they provided a snapshot of their beliefs, beliefs which provided reasons for their embarking on the transatlantic voyage. Puritans settled Plymouth Colony on December 21, 1620. However, they had been on the run far before this date. They left England after deciding that it was too closed to new religious ideas, and settled in Holland to obtain more religious freedom. However, they felt that their children were becoming corrupted by the Dutch lifestyle. So, upon hearing of a new colony in present-day Massachusetts, they decided to settle the new world. Travel to the new world consumed many resources and carried big risks, so the Puritans had more motivation to move than the theoretical fear of children being corrupted. The Puritans believed that God’s word was the word, and this word needed to spread and shared. In addition, they believed that they must listen to God, as there were 1
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Singh consequences if they didn’t. These beliefs of needing to spread God’s word and needing to listen to God for fear of consequences are expressed in John Milton’s Paradise Lost , and are the reasons Puritans came to the world, as will be later explained in detail. Secularists settled Jamestown on May 14, 1607. Unlike the Puritans, they did not have religious reasons to traverse miles of endless blue. This is not to say that they were not religious; many of them did in fact believe in God. Instead, they did not let religion govern their lives—though they still believed religion was important. Secularists came to the new world for its endless resources—resources that translate into money. They also believed that man only gets one life, and after one is dead there is nothing, which results in the current life being perceived as extremely precious. This secular view of indulging on life because death is nearing is expressed in secular Cavalier poetry of the pre-colonial
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