A Role Model that Transcends Time Hester Prynne changed dramatically throughout the course of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. Initially she was viewed as the antagonist and was a destructive character to those around her. After being confined in her cottage with Pearl, she began to develop a sense of who she needed to become in order to efficiently raise Pearl. Hester’s ability to do what was necessary for her improvement made her into a respectable role model for women to shadow. Hester chose to isolate she and Pearl to create a wave of self-improvement.
Antigone feels that it is the right thing to do because, in her religion, if someone is not given the proper burial ceremony, they will not go to heaven. By burying her brother, Antigone is breaking the law. However, she is doing it because she believes it is the right thing regarding her religion. Similar to Antigone, students have been protesting their school’s dress code. In the article “Students Protest Growing Over Gender-Equal Dress Codes”, Rose Lynn, a student in Oklahoma, decided to wear something she knew would go against dress code.
Tituba was only worried about saving herself, if she would have told the truth their lives would have been spared. Some may say that Abigail could not have stopped the mass hysteria because it had already gotten out of hand. They may also claim that she was only a child and no one would have listened, but the children had a lot of power over the adults. They were listening to her lies so they would have listened to the truth as well. If she would have told the truth, then the other girls would not have felt obligated to play along with the lies.
In the article by Yousafzai, it shows that she has gotten hate for her beliefs. “As a child, she became an advocate for girls education which resulted in the taliban issuing a death threat against her” (Yousafzai). The quote shows that words can be hurtful to positive people. Essentially, her beliefs have been taken away because of her use of words. Though this may show words can have a negative impact on someone’s life, Actions may be better for some people and can help them live a better life.
Pretty much, because of her tarnished reputation, I believed her to be a bad person. Once I read this book, all of my preconceived thoughts of Mary went away. Bartoletti wrote from a more sympathetic view point and made an effort to give the reader a different perspective on Mary’s life. She made the point of maybe Mary not understanding that she was a healthy carrier of the disease and touched on the fact that so many people of that time were uneducated about the catching and spreading of typhoid. Bartoletti did a good job describing how the time period also played a part in how Mary was treated after it was discovered that she was a typhoid carrier.
The church believed that giving women more freedom would lead to immorality. She had asked the church to grant women a boost in their confidence; she wanted there to be a reverse in the church’s methods. The church’s goal was to using women’s fear and ignorance to keep them moral. They had little to no knowledge of what they could incorporate into their lives – things like birth control – that would improve their existence. Sanger used this evidence to state that she believed that the church’s teachings over two thousand years had failed.
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
The Scarlet Letter through the Eyes of a Feminist Literary Critic It has been debated whether Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter to make a statement about the treatment of women or to simply create a compelling story about a scandal. However, when reading the story through a feminist viewpoint, Hawthorne’s true intentions become more clear. The relationship between Hester and Dimmesdale develops through the story as the two characters change both mentally and physically. As Hester becomes more independent and learns how to support herself and Pearl, she becomes emotionally stronger than Dimmesdale. Women were expected to be the more emotional, and the weaker gender, and a man showing too many emotions was usually frowned upon in
Because she committed such sin, she is ridiculed and humiliated on the scaffold. Contrary to what is expected, Hester stays in Boston in order for Pearl, her daughter, to have a normal life and her love for Dimmesdale, the minister, as well as Pearl, also convinced
The connection between mothering and violence is reinforced by Ma’am 's physical attack against Sethe. When Sethe expresses her desire to have a mark similar to Ma’am’s one on her skin, the woman violently hits her, punishing the girl for wanting the oppressor’s identification sign upon herself. In this case, Ma’am fails to understand that her daughter is unaware of the true meaning of that mark and just wants to share something with her. Despite playing a marginal role in the novel and in Sethe’s life, Ma’am has deeply influenced Sethe’s conception of motherhood as site of power, rebellion and choice. They may have had different reasons, but both Sethe and her mother end up as baby-killers in the end, in a cyclical, brutal repetition of mothering