Compare And Contrast The Puritan Family And Elizabeth Egginton

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Assignment 1 1. Within the Puritan family, child rearing was the primary responsibility. The parents were expected to teach religion and the first principles of ground and government. Puritan families were patriarchy which drew from traditional English customs and Old Testament injunctions. The Puritan father is the divinely ordained ruler of his little commonwealth. Even though the fathers and men had the majority of the saying in the family, wives shared a responsibility of rearing the children. The wives main concern was education and spiritual salvation. Most families in England and Virginia were rather small but, in New England families ranged to 6 or more children. 2. I think the two paintings depict two different ideas. I think Elizabeth Egginton perceives possibly a more wealthy Puritan family. She has pearls around her neck and underneath the ribbon on her dress she has a portrait of jewels and lastly…show more content…
I think the most important qualities to be instilled in the Puritan children were to respect their mother and father and being able to read the English tongue and learning some sort of catechism. But, I believe that the number one quality was to respect and honor their natural parents. The law stated that if any child[ren] above sixteen that curses or smites their natural mother or father, would be put to death if they weren’t provoked or if their parent was being unchristianly. In addition, a son could be put to death if acting stubborn or rebellious after being assembled in court. 4. The expectations and values that shaped the Puritan childhood are to “Know God”. That in all your ways honor and serve him. Don’t do anything that would be displeasing to him. Also, to respect and love your parents. The parents should govern their children. To restrain them in such a way and to not govern out of wrath and anger, for that could provoke their children to act out. A lot of their principles and practices come from their religion,
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