Please describe what Cotton Mather means in the following passage from The Wonders of the Invisible World. In your response, please think about how this passage fits into the American context of what Puritans believed and why they were so intent on settling and subduing this “new” land. Be as textual and specific as you can be.
The New Englanders are a people of God settled in those, which were once the devil’s territories; and it may easily be supposed that the devil was exceedingly disturbed, when he perceived such a people accomplishing the promise of old made unto our blessed Jesus, that He should have the utmost parts of the earth for His possession.”
To begin, you might want to select key quotes that you found interesting while reading. Once you get those quotes in place, complete the paragraph plan by filling out your main idea (also known as topic sentence) and then, your analysis. Once you have your body paragraphs in place (2-3), examine those paragraphs. Use those paragraphs to craft your thesis and introduction. Once the introduction and body paragraphs are in place, move on to writing your conclusion. At that point, you are reading to proofread and to ensure that your citations are in place.
It is important to begin your work with good, working definitions of the key terms and concepts for each week. You may use Wikipedia as a starting place, as that source offers a great list of further references. Be sure to explore those additional references and resources provided on all Wikipedia pages until you find a definition that makes sense to you and puts the term or movement in context. You may also choose to include the terms and their definitions in your paragraph plan.