Gender Roles In The Scarlet Letter, By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Register to read the introduction… However, the personalities of these two characters are opposite of the traditional gender roles. Hester symbolizes a masculine role in the novel, while Dimmesdale symbolizes the feminine role. Even when Hester was examined according to today’s criteria for the typical American women, she is able to fit in accordance with that model. All in all, Hawthorne did an exceptional job in showing the conditions as to which people who had committed adultery were forced to live with. However, in regards to building Hester and Dimmesdale’s personality, Nathaniel Hawthorne, either purposefully or accidently, flipped the masculine and feminine roles. …show more content…
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