Essay Topic 1
Describe Elizabeth (Bess) Fones. What is her fundamental personality? What is it about her that causes such consternation within the Winthrop family? Given Bess' independent nature and spirit of adventure, she seems suited to be a women's rights leader. Is Bess born ahead of her time? Why or why not? How does Bess' personality both help her and hinder her throughout her life?
Essay Topic 2
Explain the purpose of Bess' punishment by her Uncle John. Should the intolerance for anything outside the Puritan religion be extended to the children? Does Uncle John succeed in teaching Bess the lesson he had hoped to or does she take away something completely counter to his purpose? Explain the use of humiliation as a form of punishment and whether or not it accomplishes anything other than inciting hatred toward the one administering the punishment.
Essay Topic 3
Bess and Harry both...
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