Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

1882 Words Apr 4th, 2016 8 Pages
The emasculation of a man can, and most likely will, result in the deterioration of either his physical or his mental state of being. Not only is it damaging to the self-confidence of the man, but it’s also eradicating a belief that’s been taught since childhood, which is that men are suppose to be strong and phlegmatic, meaning they should always be calm and collected. There are various ways of ridding a man of his masculinity, whether it be his partner finding another man to satisfy certain needs or his body overpowering his mind, even when he knows what he’s doing isn’t right. These various ways can be found and explored in both Beloved, written by Toni Morrison, and The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both books portray their male characters reacting to various situations, such as temptation and anger, in different ways; and in the end the characters all result with some form of emasculation. In Beloved, Toni Morrison was quick to portray the main character as unstable when it came to commitment and temptation. When Paul D. first arrived to Sethe’s house, he had no plans of building a future with Sethe. He had no plans of settling down or making any commitments because of how unkind his past had been to him. However, Paul D. did end up growing feelings towards Sethe and ended up staying to be with her. Over time, he grew comfortable with her, and he began to open up more about his past. He became somewhat more willing, yet still hesitant, to recall his…

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