Hester Prynne In The Scarlett Letter

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The novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne follows the life of Hester Prynne, a woman living in Puritan America and forced to wear a scarlet letter that represents her sin of adultery.
Although faced with hate, Hester manages to rise above it and help others. The novel classifies as a feminist novel because it shows a woman, alone in a world filled with discrimination, battle against society’s judgement and not giving into peer pressure. A feminist is someone who stands up for the equal treatment of men and women. Hester demonstrates this by not letting her label as a sinner
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Throughout the novel, Hester deals with the public eye constantly judging her. Hester’s day
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As Hester expresses, “This badge hath taught me...lessons whereof my child may be the wiser and better, albeit they can profit nothing to myself”. Hester proves her selflessness in she says that her life is dedicated in helping Pearl. The pain and torment Hester had to go through to get Pearl would have made it sensible to give up and fend for herself, but Hester takes on the challenge to raise her. As this being Hester’s decision, she could not let anyone tell her otherwise and steal her most prized treasure. She shows the qualities a formidable woman who does not give up easily.
Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter demonstrates the strong will and determination of the main character. Although not easy for Hester Prynne, but she continued to stand for what was right and good. Hester had to go through the problems of living in a strict Puritan patriarchy society. She proved her peers wrong by living her life like a saint and raising her daughter Pearl to become a successful, bright woman. At every choice Hester made, she stood by them and acted on what she thought what was best instead of being controlled by others. The novel portrays a feminist story because it highlights a woman who lives life against all

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