Because Hester is a Puritan, she understands that she participated in a horrible sin and can never be forgiven. She wears the letter without resisting because she knows she needs the punishment. She conforms to the Puritan ways but only because she grew up Puritan. Because it is the only belief she knows, it is hard for Hester to break from that life and start a new one. But, on the other hand, she is more of a transcendentalist than a Puritan.
As a woman she’s always in the middle of the circle, a spotlight is pointed to her, that she is for 99% could do a sin but not be betrayed by anyone else. One of the most important examples in the story that shows her absolute idea that she is wrong, even though she is not, but that what’s will others think about her is saying, “This is what you deserve, a voice meanly consoled her, but she was too weakened, too much in pain, to respond.” This quote proves that this woman knew that she didn’t do anything wrong, but according to the formatting that her society created put her to live in, tells her that she is wrong for a reason or not. From Christine E. Atkins article “This What You Deserve”: Rape as Rite of Passage in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Naked” discussed the idea of what led women to be victimized by men so easily, according to the cultural rape scripts that deal with sexual violence as a normal action to women. The article states
The character of Shug is disliked at the beginning of the novel. She is described as a woman of immoral values, her way of dressing where westernised. Shug had some disease and she was avoided by everyone and even by her own parents. Celie was the one who found something precious in her, the fabulous appearance and her courage attracted Celie more. It made Celie to think as her mother.
As Hester arrived on the scaffold she tried to hide something on her chest, later revealed as a scarlet letter “A”, from the crowd. This subtle action was a sign that she was embarrassed and ashamed of what she had done. Although, Hester felt that her scarlet letter was a burden of shame on her life she eventually came to accept the scarlet letter that laid upon her bosom. As the story continued Hester stopped hiding the letter which signified that she took pride in it and was no longer ashamed of it, although the town still shunned her because of it. The letter had become so much a part of her that the first time she took
In the movie, she is portrayed as the villain. The end of the film reveals a disgraceful seen when Martin Sixsmith confronts Hildegard about the refusal to reunite Philomena to her son, sister Hildegard response to his question, ‘Let me tell you something. I have kept my vow of chastity my whole life. Self-denial and mortification of the flesh; that 's what brings us closer to God. Those girls have nobody to blame but themselves and their own carnal incompetence.
But she never had any feeling that she was committing a crime or betraying anybody by her relationship with Chris. She admits that she has robbed Shyam of his pride and has no love left for him. Mistress highlights Radha’s courage to stand by her conviction and make her own decisions. So she has to choose whether to stay in her marriage or accept the fruits of extra-marital relationship by accepting Chris. Shyam is inherently patriarchal in his attitudes but Nair dislocates the male hegemonic centre in her narration.
Many people do not care if loyalty doesn’t return to them. They still continue being loyal. Monique, Gerald’s mother, never really cared if Jordan didn’t love her, or wasn’t loyal back when Gerald would scream at her for example. The evidence is on page 79 when Monique calls her children liars. She was being loyal to Jordan, and not even trying to listen and understand her own children about how they’ve been abused and are going through pain.
Swarnalata, the maid confidant is another character created by Karnad. She does not receive the love of her husband, because he believes that she is unchaste. Finally in order to free her husband from the dilemma, she falsely acquiesces to the lie. Swarnalatha’s episode reiterates the concept of chastity and virginity which holds a place of prominence in the Indian society. A woman whose virginity has been violated is looked down upon, but the men are never called to question.
Penny argues with her mother, “I don’t like what you think is good. I don’t like cheerleading and school and other people” (Wilson 166). After dealing with negative feedback and isolation from her mother throughout the story, Penny stays true to the absurd character she is by quitting cheer despite the opinions of
Samskara has various female characters but character worth reading with the perspective of this paper is of Chandri. She is not a radical revolutionary. She never adopted weapons to transform the wicked world around her, yet managed to bring a change in her front. She was not of the “decent moral Brahmin women” but a prostitute by her birth and caste. She was not ignorant of her caste but well aware of the fate and plight of the women of her class “ever auspicious, daily-wedded, the one without widowhood” (36).She never directly opposed the social norms prescribed to her.