Joan Of Arc : A Life Transfigured By Kathryn Harrison And The Scarlet Letter

2021 Words May 17th, 2015 9 Pages
Individuals often reject others with divergent views, however, they frequently have good intentions that benefit people for the better. A professor at John Hopkins University exclaims, “Rejection confirms for independent people what they already feel […] that they 're not like others.” (Wrenn) The biography, Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne display the aspect of ignominy which the authors demonstrate through both of their plots. In The Scarlet Letter, the town where Hester Prynne lives excludes her from society due to her adulterous action, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, people around her shame her for failing to maintain a woman’s role, to save her country. In each of the works, individuals surrounding Joan and Hester are unable to acknowledge the characters’ benevolence. Different civilizations have individual perceptions of ethical actions. Joan of Arc surrounds herself with individuals in Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France, her place of birth, as well as others with the same mentality. It is a very religious area and Joan’s intentions are pure to her religion, as she believes that the voices of saints and God are telling her to save France from the English. (Harrison 9) Joan’s society does not support deviation from the normal standard of a woman’s role. Her peers believe it is unrealistic for a woman to be their saviour, especially one who ignores her responsibilities. Joan’s attitude towards…

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