To understand early American literature, it is important to recognize how God-centric society was. From the video portraying the Anne Hutchinson vs. John Winthrop trial it is clear that any vaguely unorthodox word or actions went noticed and punished. Although it seems to be oppressive, religion at the time was what drove individuals. Anne Hutchinson’s belief in the true meaning of Puritanism is what made her state her opinions, hold meetings, and defend herself in trial, making her a woman before her time. Religion is also what drove Europeans to the North American continent. Religion can be a powerful and inspiring force, and is therefore relevant, as was gender in the case of Anne Hutchinson, so both should be taken into account when reading American literature.
For a brief explanation of Anne Hutchins’ trial and how important religion was to her society, check out this short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcjzLXuD-uQ