Pillars of salt is a sample of attemption for the satisfaction of the inspired hunger for sensation and exploitation of humankind’s underlying captivation of unlawful acts. Posts of salt was published by cotton Mather which was a form of advertisement of the past offenders fulfilled in his terrestrial for capital. Crime with some of their last speaking composed and printed for threatening for  life in damaging progresses of unrighteousness. Mather gives an attempt for satisfaction for the hunger of the creativity with extraordinary experience tales. He made use of a variety of narrative techniques which included the use of the first-person point of view and use of dialogue to instill gods fear on his readers.

Among the multiple stories was that of a young woman who was executed two times where the first execution failed to produce the effect required. The old woman testified against his son for bestiality a crime which she had been regularly practiced for the past fifty years which she and his son were executed. The other story involved the two servants who killed their master with the use of an ax in order to get evidence that there was was the same as them that is he had flesh and blood.the the last story entailed that of a man who killed his expectant wife by use of his pocket knife by cutting her through.

Killing discourses were printed in the attention of recreation for condemning sinners confronting certainty of death and Gods judgment. the published executions sermon contained an add-on containing last confession and notice of demise of the criminals also the life stories,  accounts, description of execution and the attending was printed.

With the description of these unfortunate people, mather uses this instance to terrify and educate his readers through illustration of the inevitability of stern judgment that is a judgment by man than that of God.



Cohen, D. A. (2006). Pillars of salt, monuments of grace: New England crime literature and the origins of American popular culture, 1674-1860. Liverpool University Press. Retrieved from