Essay Review: American Literature
The relationship between seen trickster tales and the Aesop fables The Aesop’s are tales whose characters are majorly animals who have been personified to acquire human characters. The animals in the tales usually maintain their animal qualities. For example, the elephant remains gullible and the fox remains sly. The trickster is more the same as the fables, but majors on one character who is gluttonous and destructive. In both, human wisdom and way of thoughts is captured. The culture or the way of life of a people is also displayed by both and they have a probability of being folklores from certain cultures (“The Winnebago Trickster Cycle” 106). There is always a moral lesson to learn at the end of each Aesop’s fable or trickster tale.
Causes of enmity between Thomas Morton and William Bradford
William Bradford became the governor of the Plymouth colony after his pilgrimage march. His hard work of creating the Puritans society was brought tumbling down by Thomas Morton. Morton was not for the ideology of the Puritans. For him it was boring. He was more of a liberal person (Bradford 126). Soon after he had cruised to England as a superior associate in the Crown-sponsored trading project, Morton angered the Puritans. His affluent colony got the attention escapees from the Plymouth colony. He also traded guns to the Indians whom the Puritans perceived as barbaric and uncivilized (Bradford 138-139). He went ahead making scornful names for the Puritan leaders. He spent most of his time in London clashing the pilgrims. The new Puritans later fought their way out to victory and left Morton a disheartened man (Bradford 145).
The beliefs of the Puritans
Their longing to ‘purify’ the England Church made the Puritans to acquire their name. They were devoted to John Calvin’s teachings. They believed that they were ‘divinely’ chosen by God and that they were a ‘godly industry’. They majorly sought to purify and simplify the church as instituted by Christ (Bradford 154-155). They believed that the Roman Catholic Church still retained unacceptable practices. They had four main assurances which were that the ultimate power and lead to a perfect Christian life was the Bible, one’s salvation was fully dependent on God, the society was a united entity and that the organization of the church was to come from the scriptures (Morton 157-165).
Bradford, William. “Of Plymouth Plantation.” The Native American Trickster Tales: William Bradford. 121–127; 138 – 139; 144 – 147; 154 – 155. Print.
Morton, Thomas. “New English Canaan.” The Native American Trickster Tales: Thomas Morton. 157 – 165. Print.
“The Winnebago Trickster Cycle.” Native American Trickster Tales. 100 – 102; 105–110. Print.