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The Early Americans were motivated in their actions due to religion and some of them were motivated due to fear. However, today the society is motivated due to selfish nature, it doesn’t work as a society should, it is not pietistic anymore, and has no fear of God. The Early Americans were the people that the society should be like today; they worked as a whole and remained united. Today’s society has a different motivation, that’s why there is a big difference between the Early Americans and the people today. The Early Americans stayed firm and strove for each other without any resources because that’s what their religion taught and the society today doesn’t even take care of their fellow friends and family members even though they are provided with all the resources, that is because selfishness has grown among the society and it doesn’t consider religion important, it doesn’t fear God and if the society did, it would have thought about all mankind rather than just thinking about him or herself. The society should consider fear and religion as its motivation, if not then it will have to face hardships and the people in that particular society wouldn’t be able to rely on each other. The Early Americans should be the role models of today’s society and the society should follow their actions to make it a better place to live in.
In the sermon, ‘sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’, Jonathan Edwards is motivating the Early Americans by the ‘fear’ of God so they don’t commit any sins again and have faith in Him. He is telling the unsacred people how God is angry at them. “The God that holds you over the pit of hell… but to be cast into the fire” (page 89), he is petrifying the people by telling them that God has control over them and He can sabotage them like they can sabotage an insect. The fear that he has brought to his people by these lines is very compelling because he gives an example of a being so one can imply that on himself and think about it. Jonathan Edward uses the word fire, referencing to hell, multiple times to add a daunting image in the reader’s mind. He uses imagery to paint a horrifying picture of eternal damnation for unsaved souls such as ‘black clouds’ and ‘fiery floods’. He explains how God sees the people and the grave danger that they are going to face for performing those sins. The quote he said brings a lot of fear to the people which motivates them in taking actions and helps them act right with other people.
In the poem, ‘upon the burning of our house’ by Anne Bradstreet, the Early Americans are being motivated in their actions due to religion. Anne Bradstreet is expressing her love for God and telling the reader how he takes care of His believers. “Raise up thy thoughts above the sky… stands permanent though this be fled” (line 41), she is saying that no matter what happens in the worldly life, we should have faith in God and move on because everything that happens in the world is for a reason. The house that was...

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