English 2510: Greenblatt and Winthrop

Pick one of Greenblatt’s questions and answer it with Winthrop’s writing in mind.

  • What kinds of behavior, what models of practice, does this work seem to enforce?
  • Why might readers at a particular time and place find this work compelling?
  • Are there differences between my values and the values implicit in the work I am reading? What accounts for these differences?
  • Upon what social understanding does the work depend?
  • Whose freedom of though or movement might be constrained implicitly by this work?
  • What are the larger social structures with which these particular acts of praise or blame might be connected?

Provide examples from “A Model of Christian Charity” to support any assertions you make about it.

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