The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Essay examples

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In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne published, The Scarlet Letter. The novel, set in the Puritan town of Boston, Massachusetts during the mid seventeenth century, follows Hester Prynne, a young puritan woman, who is accused of adultery. When her “crime” is discovered by the town, she is required to wear a scarlet “A” upon her bosom to tell all of her shame. However, Hester does not see her relationship with Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale to be a “crime.” In her mind the real “crime” is her marriage to Roger Chillingworth. Throughout the course of the novel, as truths are revealed around every corner, Hawthorne depicts the hardships of Hester’s marriage and why she fell in love with another. According to Margaret Fuller, Hester’s first marriage is deceptive due to inequality, explained by her 1843, essay “The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women.” Hawthorne’s depiction of Hester’s life reveals the true “crime,” was in fact, her marriage to Chillingworth; while the love she found with the Reverend Dimmesdale is her true marriage. Margaret Fuller originally published her essay, “The Great Lawsuit. Man versus Men. Woman versus Women” in the July of 1843, issue of the magazine The Dial. The basis of the essay was that man could not could not be fully complete until he acknowledges he needs an equal, a wife, by his side. She brings to light the inequality between a man and woman that is found within their marriage. Fuller states that “a profound thinker has said, ‘no married…

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