Analysis Of ' The Awakening ' And Nathaniel Hawthorne 's `` The Scarlett Letter ``

1096 Words Sep 29th, 2014 5 Pages
Shayla Boyd
Mr. Griffin
English 3, Period 5 29 September 2014
Compare/Contrast Essay
Shannon Alder once said, “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” Chopin’s “The Awakening” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlett Letter”, two of the most iconic novels written, have some of the same plot even though they were written in completely different eras. Confident and rebellious, Edna Ponteillier, struggled to maintain the role of a woman in Victorian New Orleans. Women in the Victorian Era were expected to live lavish lives and were not seen as people, but as material possession that needed to be shown off. 200 years prior, Hester Prynne was publicly humiliated for committing a sin and judge by Puritan society. Although the main characters were in completely different societies and centuries, both Edna Ponteillier and Hester Prynne both had problems within their judgmental societies and married men, whom they didn’t love. However, at the end of each novel, Hester felt empowered and Edna was weak.
Although Hester and Edna are from divergent societies, they are both cut out by their society. After Hester is found guilty of committing adultery, she is forced to spend the rest of her life with a scarlet A on her chest. The Puritan women in her society don’t accept her for who she is and were jealous of the confidence that she has when she left the prison. Towards the middle of chapter 2, one of the magistrates says…

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