Death And Resilient Love: Bradstreet, Adams, And Wheatley

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The works of Bradstreet, Adams and Wheatley in a sense distill the hardness of colonial life, though each having come from various degrees of perceived privilege at the time. Each had a unique existence in the life of the prevailing culture, though the subject and intended audience of the writing of each tends to put into focus the narrative of the times but addressed to an intimate. In reading all three, it was quite evident that the personal struggles for first survival, followed by recognition from their inner circle, combining these two into a commentary on the larger world. Wheatley speaking of her experience as a house slave, herself a revolutionary and first lady, and Bradstreet ...view middle of the document...

Abigail Adams also reflects a certain kind of worry to her husband John Adams, she was left during much of The American Revolution to look after their estate at Braintree very much on her own as her husband John and their son traveled to Europe to secure funding for the war. People were not dying gentle deaths, starvation, disease, and violence was a daily threat. It would seem logical that Abigail who was an educated woman, who by the nature of her faith was able to comment intelligently on the affairs of her domestic life would have that translate into her civic life, since for the Adams’s it was one in the same. In the later parts of her oft quoted “Remember the Ladies” correspondence what illustrated this stalwartness was this particular line as it reminded me of the conversations I had with many Afghan women dealing with war, “I feel very differently at the approach of spring to what I did a month ago. We knew not then whether we could plant or sow with safety, whether when we had toild we could reap the fruits of our own industery, whether we could rest in our own Cottages, or whether we should not be driven from the sea coasts to seek shelter in the wilderness, but now we feel as if we might sit under our own vine and eat the good of the land.” even in the midst there is an optimism.
There is also in the works of Wheatly, a sort of hope, even though she was born a West African slave and was educated by a upper-middle-class white family. On a personal level I found her work odd especially the piece of hers I read, On Being Brought from Africa to America. What caught me most was how she both reassured those perceived to have the mark of Cain that they could go to heaven. Yet, in the beginning lines she mentions that she was born an African pagan. It...

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