Jonathon Edwards vs. John Lithgow in Footloose

Jonathon Edwards vs. John Lithgow in Footloose

       Let me tell you a story about my main man Johnathon Edwards. Jonathon Edwards was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and theologian. He became well known for his long, sometimes even six hours long, sermons. His colonial followers had considered themselves “New Lights”. Jonathon Edwards is considered one of the most widely acknowledged to be one of Americas most important theologian. One of Jonathon Edward’s most well known sermon was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, written during the revival time period of 1741. He later died due to a smallpox vaccination shortly after he was president at a college named Princeton.

        John Lithgow played a preacher named Rev. Shaw Moore. In footloose, Shaw Moore prevents anyone in the town from playing rock music or dancing. This is solely based on the fact that kids were doing drugs and alcohol and Shaw Moore thought it had related to the dancing. He had banned it because of his son dying in a car accident after doing drugs and alcohol and assuming the music had an influence on that. Since it had been based in a small country town, its citizens had turned to the preacher for help. The preacher responded by becoming overprotective about its citizens, thus the ban on dancing and rock music.

    Though these two live in completely different time periods and have totally different standards for the style of form of the way they preach, they both have things in common also. Besides their names being similar, they were both the town preachers. They had both taken the time to preach onto the people of the town about the sins of many, and the wrath of god. The difference was based on the settings of both, and the different centuries between them. Thus changing the form of sin mentioned. Though there is not a direct correlation between Jonathon Edwards and John Lithgow, they both have similarities in being a preacher or reverend.


Olaudah Equiano and Ali

Olaudah Equiano and Ali

Olaudah Equiano was a Nigerian slave who was kidnapped by adults from his village. He was shipped to the Americas with 244 other Africans who were going to to be used for labor. A man named Micheal Pascal bought him and renamed him Gustavus Vassa, who was the king of Sweden in the 16th century. Once Olaudah reached the age of 20, the King promised to free him for the price of 40 pounds. Equiano then was selling glass tumblers and fruit in Georgia, where is almost became reslaved, and in the Carribeans. Once he became a free man, he remembered what he was told by the King “Learn how to read and write more fluently. Also, focus more on religion,” which would help him became a legendary abolitionist.

Cassius Clay was a young boxer who got a lucky chance at the World Heavyweight Champion, Sonny Liston. After a long match of Cassius swiftly moving across the ring dodging punches and tiring out his opponent, he finally won the match. This would put him on the top and put a target on his back for all boxers. Racial oppression began to set in hard in the South. Cassius Clay decided to change his name to Muhammad Ali because he claimed that Cassius Clay was his slave name. He too began to focus more on religion and he was Muslim because he was infuenced by Malcom X’s speeches and how they related to the Muslim culture and how it related to many African tribes which is what he claimed to be apart of. Like Olaudah Equiano, he was a Methodist because he was influenced by George Whitefield. 

In comparison, Ali was an obolisher of oppression in the South by boxing blacks and whites and treating them the same way after the fight. He too used religion as aspect to get more attention as a serious note in the world. Also, they’re both legends at what they did and are still very respectable men for what they stood for.

~Max Thomas

Anne Bradstreet and If I Stay


The character in If I stay (Mia Hall) and real life poet Anne Bradstreet are much alike just by a single event that occurred in there life and what transpired afterwards. In the movie Mia is faced with a life changing event in which her parents, brother, and herself are all in a horrific car accident. Her parents and brother unfortunately are killed in the crash, her mom was D.O.A. (dead on arrival), her father died on the surgery table when doctors were trying to operate to save his life and finally her brother died last in his hospital bed due to a brain injury. All while this is going on Mia is helplessly in a coma and is watching all of this through something like astral projection where she can see and hear everything going on outside of her unconscious state of mind and can move to wherever she wants. Her situation now is does she want to live or die.

Now with Anne Bradbury its a little different  Indians come and pillage her town, houses are burning and families are taken out one by one either getting killed or getting taken captive. Anne is witnessing all of this happen, she watches her kids die, her sister die, her brother in law die, she watches almost evryone she loves dies, and she says in her text that she woud rather of died than to gone with the Indians before the attacked happen but when it really did she would rather go instead.

The comparison between the two is that both watch as their loved ones die, they have to choose between life and death in which SPOILER ALERT!!!!! They both decide to live because they know there are more opportunities in life and they still have a few loves with them. I honestly would have never thought of this till I read what she went through. the comparisons are so alike its unreal.


Mary Rowlandson Vs Act of Valor

Mary Rowlandson was born in England in the early 1600’s she also grew up there and was married to a man by the name of Joseph Rowlandson who was a recent college graduate and they ended up and had 4 Children. Like in Act of Valor where the Squad leader had a boy on the way. Feb 10 1676 Mary was Captured and was held captive. Much like in Act of Valor where The CIA informant was Captured and held hostage in Act of Valor. This  video shows what  it would’ve been like when she was forcibly taken from her “home” and she lost everything she loved. In Mary’s story she writes a book which at the time many people thought it was weird cause women normally didn’t write stories, But in Act of Valor The Squad Leader uses a poem Written by Tecumseh  which is shown in the video. Mary’s Story is a triumph of faith while  The Squad Leaders and all of the other SEAL’s story is to fight for freedom and to “protect” America from a Russian Terrorist. I hope everyone that reads this has a much better understanding of how  Act of Valor and of how Mary Rowlandson’s Stories really connect.                                                                                                    


John Winthrop and Jim Carrey in Liar Liar

John Winthrop and Jim Carrey in Liar Liar

     While looking through ideas of who could relate to John Winthrop, I had a hard time finding someone who fit the bill. That is until I saw Liar Liar on the tv. Jim Carrey in Liar Liar and John Winthrop are not directly correlated to each other, they both have similar qualities. Well the first one is obvious here, they were both lawyers. John Winthrop had gone to college at Cambridge University and became both a lawyer and a governor. Like in the movie, where Jim Carrey plays a young lawyer who can not tell a lie.

     This being said, they both had to go to college; which is another thing they had in common. Both the movie and John Winthrop all face challenges along their journey. Though both of their conflicts are completely different the comparison can be made between the two.

     John Winthrop had a nice life. He was rich and could afford schooling and everything else that not many could have. Which, basing by the movie, Jim Carrey could do also. Winthrop took his time and ended up becoming the first governor of the colony of Massachusetts Bay. He had come over on a charter boat from New England. While Jim Carrey, well he couldn’t lie.

William Bradford and Burt Reynolds in Deliverance.

William Bradford and Burt Reynolds in Deliverance.

William Bradford and Burt Reynolds both go through similar problems in their stories. William Bradford tells us that he had lost many on his way to the new world. In the movie, Deliverance, Burt Reynolds’ two of three friends get captured and one dies. Altough, William Bradford never had someone get captured, the movie still relates to William Bradford losing his fellow shipmates along the way to the Americas. Though, it’s not an exact comparison of the two, but both stories show the similar complications and hardships the sailors go through in their events of sailing to a new location.

In the start of their journeys they were both well prepared for anything. Of course, the unexpected would take a stab at them in the long run. William Bradford could’ve been clueless about new diseases and Burt Reynolds could’ve had no clue of anyone else that was watching them around the river. Not only did these unexpectations throw them off, it killed some of them. It isn’t really told how much people William lost but considering that one person was taken out of Burt Reynolds’ group, it took out twenty-five percent of them out, it was a large majority.

They both forgot about these problems and went along their journey. Then, Burt got injured as if someone on William Bradford’s shop might’ve been sick. Burt’s inability to move as fast as he used to slowed the crew down as if an ill crew member might’ve been unable to work because he would spread deadly diseases throughout the ship. This would effect the accuracies of their navigation.

In the end, both made it to their destinations and Burt was greeted by the people and so was William. Burt then lived his life beyond these occurances as well as William and that was it.