Hawthorne: Mrs. Hutchinson
Mrs. Hutchinson was a very religious woman who believed strongly in the bible. It seems as Mrs. Hutchinson is a very intelligent, delicate, God fearing women. She was the type of women that didn’t mind speaking her heart about the word of God; neither did she alarm herself of her surrounding area. For the longest time men were they only ones to speak out freely and not be judged by their expressions. It was Mrs. Hutchinson whom felt the need to be heard.
Religious leadership and power have been restricted to men, but Mrs. Hutchinson spoke the word of God with ease and confidence. In doing so she wanted all women to be able to stand up for themselves and be heard as did the men. She had claimed that a holy life was the definite way to get heaven and God already chosen his people. Attendance in church was not a requirement, but just faith in God and his beliefs. This also meant that they didn’t have to listen to the law of man. It was thought as being disrespectful to the government. If all peoples were to live by what Anne claimed, there would not be any law-abiding citizens.
All those that were against Hutchinson, felt like, the state would be full of corruption if they followed and believed in her. During this time period it was unheard of for women to voice their opinions freely. Women mostly know as housewife and nothing more. Hutchinson believed that every person could ask and receive an answer from God if they would listen. She felt if she continued express her thoughts amongst other women, all women would become a challenge to all male supremacy.
The government of Massachusetts was so against her bright ideas. The fact that Anne Hutchinson is a woman did not add any additional hostility in her religious persecution. But it didn’t happen to just the Quakers but anyone who differed in ideas of the puritans. It is for this exact reason that Anne Hutchinson was persecuted. She endangered the experiment so she had to be punished being a women had little to do with it.
She had her own religious meetings in her house preaching and debating about how illogical redestination was which the basis of the puritan’s was believes. Putting ideas in the people mind the puritans had to persecute her for the sake of preserving the experiment. However in the society and benefits from the government they were equal. If a man beat his wife, the man was tried and so in the courts men and women were equal. Heretics’ man or women shared the same fates due to the count of Hershey; this was because john Winthrop wanted to preserve his experiment.
Thus men and women were equal and being a woman did not mean having a harsher trial. Mrs. Hutchinson is tried for being a heretic a much greater offense than that of Mr. Williams. In the end she was only banished, thus showing that for a much greater offense she received the same sentence as roger Williams, a man. The fact the Anne Hutchinson received a trial shows that she was persecuted no more than any man. If she had been persecuted more for being women then she would have been treated worse than a man.
Since the men are persecuted were given trial it would mean that Anne would have to have no trial for her to be persecuted more than men. So since Anne Hutchinson received a trial and was banished and men had trials and were also banished, it means that Anne was not discriminated. This shows that Anne did not receive additional hostility in her persecution. Her persecution was about her disrupting this experiment of john Winthrop and how he wanted to preserve the puritan way of life. It is clearly seen that Anne received a fair trial and got what any other person got.