Easy A Vs Scarlet Letter

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Throughout Easy A, criticisms of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter can be easily identified. In both plots, the main female character is overwhelmed by self-destructive reputations that their societies cling to. Once both women make a mistake that their respective societies find despicable, their reputations seem to be irreversible. Hester’s sin of adultery is something her Puritan community cannot bear to tolerate, and Olive’s lie about losing her virginity immediately becomes the talk of the school. Both women are shunned by even their closest peers, but learn to adapt to the circumstances that their poor decisions have thrust upon them. Unfortunately, the consequences of Hester’s adultery and Olive’s consistent lying are not thought about prior to finalizing…show more content…
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and the movie Easy A, both, Hester and Olive, similarly dwell in the penalties and ignominy that ensues subsequent to absentmindedly committing their “sins”. Following the assumed death of her husband, The Scarlet Letter’s main character, Hester, plays into an adultery scheme with her town’s Reverend with no sign of remorse. After bearing a daughter in her jail cell and accepting public humiliation, Hester begins to adapt to the scarlet letter “A” on her chest, as well as the entailing consequences. Despite Hester’s Puritan society jumping on every chance to shame her, Hester remains tall with her head held high. Likewise, Easy A’s Olive Penderghast does not allow the devout Christian group of fellow classmates at her school tear her down after she is labeled as the school’s harlot. With the knowledge
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