Feminism In The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne

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Many who have studied The Scarlet Letter believe that Hester Prynne is a headstrong woman who faced many arduous challenges on her own. Throughout the novel she is faced with difficulties with virtually no help. Hester continuously gives effort to try and redeem her sin by being a good person. In Hester’s times of peril, she overcame with great strength. Even when she had nothing, she made the best of what she did have. Feminism, by definition, is the advocacy of women’s rights on grounds of political, social, and economic equality of men, which Hester represents exceptionally. Hester Prynne is a woman who challenges societal norms because she was tenacious. tried to redeem sin, and is honest.
Especially during the 1640’s, women were not considered
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Her actions exemplify the statement love the sinner, and not the sin. Hester may have sinned, but everyone makes mistakes because we are human and we can only repent and try to change our ways. Hester shows this perfectly by giving her best to not only be the best mother she can be for pearl, but also by trying to be a genuinely good person. “Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge? It is our Hester. --the town’s own Hester, -- who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted”, (Hawthorne 142). Hester by this time in the book had been forgiven by the majority of society. People started to forget her grave sin because of the good deeds she did. She became a role model for society that even though you sin, God still has mercy on us all because he wants us to be with him. This also exemplifies her feministic qualities because it shows that a woman can be good, and also just as good as a man, if not better than …show more content…
The openness about what she did puts her apart from others that would be weak and shy away from talking about what they really have done. Many people in her situation would not have overcome her situations because they were not strong and honest enough to do so. “The letter as the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her, -- so much power to do, and power to sympathize, -- that many people refused to interpret the scarlet”, (Hawthorne 141). This quote is showing that since Hester was open and upfront about what she had done, it eventually was easier for the people to forget her sin after a while because she was just a good person that had made a simple mistake like everyone else does at some point. “But there was a frailty [. . .] Her sin, her ignominy, were her roots which she had struck into the soil” (Hawthorne 72). This quote is portraying where Hester was at her worst: her sin. But being a adulterous, wretched woman of the Puritan society, she was punished harshly even though she was honest and wanted to make up for her wrong doing the best she could. Hester was feminist in the sense that she was honest about what she had done and that she wanted to make up for

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