Essay on Feminism And The Scarlet Letter

1497 Words Dec 8th, 2015 6 Pages
“Feminism is the belief, attitude and action that work toward women’s rights and the equality between men and women” (Feminism and Other Issues”). Women were always thought to be inferior to men. Feminism has been a movement started by women searching for equal rights and opportunities as men. Although feminism can be found in almost any place in the world, feminism in the Puritan faith has absurd punishments. Feminism has been around since the late 1800s; women were tired of unequal rights and being thought of as less. The Scarlet Letter shows how the sin of adultery was handled and how different generations viewed feminism. Feminism can be shown in The Scarlet Letter by its main character Hester Prynne, she represents a woman’s strength, independence and resilience. A Puritan can be described as a member of the English Protestants during the 16th and 17th centuries. Puritans are believed to have extremely censorious beliefs, especially with pleasure and sex. They were a very strict religion and stuck to what they believed in (Sacvan). If the Puritan members did not follow or believed in their strict religion they were punished, usually with punishments people would find harsh or unusual today. During the 1640s, Puritans believed in their mission to establish model community for the Protestant World (The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850). They wanted to have an ideal community; they expected nothing less than civil and religious perfection from their members.…

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