The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a universal classic and one of the master pieces in American literature. It is an exploration of humans unending sin, guilt and pride. The story revolves around the single woman Hester Prynne and her hardship in New England colony. Hester stays brave and strong under puritan’s harsh treatment and criticism. She is different from other women who are submissive to the puritan laws executed by men.
Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter tells the story of the life of Hester Prynne an adulteress forced to wear a Scarlet “A” on her bosom by the sinister Puritan society to mark her shame. As her husband seeks revenge for the unidentified lover, Arthur Dimmesdale stays wracked with guilt. The Scarlet Letters symbolism and use of allusions, metaphors, setting, irony, diction, and varied tone helps to unwrap the characters throughout the novel. Hawthornes motives for writing the The Scarlet Letter was to show how women can be equally as strong and independent as men as men can also be morally weak. Hawthorne uses his abilities to weave tone, mood, and style all into one story questioning his purpose of this tragic tale of shame and redemption.
Now, Her baby is born and she is dressed like The scarlet letter on Hester’s chest and shows everyone that she owns up to her wrong doings. Hawthorne writes,”...the outward guise of purity was a lie, and that if truth were everywhere to be shown, a Scarlet Letter would blaze forth on many a bosom other than Hester Prynne 's”(Hawthorn 80)? Now when other people look at Hester’s Letter they feel guilty themselves because they have also sinned, but have not been shamed in
The Scarlet Letter is a symbolical novel in which Hawthorne used few major symbols as to represent the theme of sin though this novel is capable of interpretation in various ways. “The Scarlet Letter is so popular, generation after generation, because its beauty lies in the layers of meaning and the uncertainties of the symbols and characters” (Kirk, 2000: 7) The most important symbol that represent the theme of sin is the Scarlet Letter A forced on Hester Prynne by the Puritans. The whole plot of this novel is revolving around this symbol as the title of the book also suggest. This is the most outstanding and visible symbol in the whole novel that is embroidered on her bosom as a mark of shame and punishment for comitting sin in a highly religious society. The persistent theme of sin that Hawthorne used adds a similarly major religious aspect that was according to the social context as Ross C. Murfin who used George Bailey Loring’s work states that : ‘a medium of faith and moral because it correctly showed the atrocity of Puritanism, which repressed the rich part in human being nature’.
In summary, Charlotte Lucas accepts a marriage proposal based on her fear of becoming a penniless spinster. Additionally, Jane Bennet marries Charles Bingley for his honorable title and caring quality. Furthermore, Lydia Bennets’ childish mentality leads her to elope with George Wickham. Finally, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Fitzwilliam Darcy’s proposal based on her sincere feelings for him. All in all, Pride and Prejudice is a novel that accurately represents women and their various attitudes concerning marriage during the 19th
One writer, Priscilla Martin believes he is even supported of women and has model the Wife of Bath after himself, “The Wife of Bath shares [Chaucer’s] delight in fictional and narrative diversity. Of the pilgrims she is the closest to Chaucer. Like her creator, she criticizes through comedy, she weighs authority against experience and experience against authority, she is aware of the sexuality in textuality and she jollily subverts the conventions of male authorship. (217) Jill Mann also believes this and adds on and says all the positive characters were women, and the male characters were all
According to Isabel, she should be an independent young lady who travels the world. As she encounters with Madame Merle, Madame Merle allures Isabel to marry with her sinister friend Gilbert Osmond. Isabel steps into a sorrowful marriage which she cannot end because of her pride, sense of social duty and partially because of the love for her stepdaughter. The main idea of the book is if you give up the permanent things you value the most for someone/something because of temporary thoughts/feelings you are obliged to be miserable for rest of your life. Henry James numerously points out that Isabel cares a lot for her freedom and she rejects her loved suitor Caspar Goodwood just because she wants to be a free woman.
Despite, him being hurt by her decision, there is no sign of bitterness in this poem as he only speaks peacefully and generously in the last two lines of stanza 5– “..ilka joy and treasure”. The lines could suggest that Burns may have wished that her marriage would break down, or that her husband would leave her but he wished her the best. Rossetti’s love was deep and pure in a way that she expresses her emotions and pleads for her beloved to not forgot her; in line 6 she says ‘’that you had planned our future’’ which indicates that there was a deep connection of wanting to be together. Her realisation of making him not forget, will put him in misery of remembering the memories they had together. Like Burns, she sacrifices her personal desire in an expression of true love.
The Color Purple gives limelight to self-made women Celia. And it forcefully tried to restore the dignity of the female character. The novel was published in 1982 is one of the most read texts across race, class, gender and cultural boundaries. The Novel fallows Celia, a black woman who struggled in her life. She was raped by her step father, fallowing two pregnancies.
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