Scarlet Letter Comparative Essay

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Pride and prejudice, weathering Heights and the scarlet letter each show in different ways the evolving democratic values of the 19th century. Each novel highlights a different subject one just as important as the last. All representing in their own unique way what it is to be an American. Pride and prejudice reflects the equality of women and the rising of the women 's movement, weathering Heights symbolizes social class distinction and the scarlet letter was used to express the core beliefs of liberty. In pride and prejudice women were reduced to only being useful for marriage and had a few opportunities to support themselves in society. They had scarce opportunities for employment and even those that were able to be governesses we 're…show more content…
The Scarlet letter was used to show what it means to be free as well as what it takes to be free. "on the breast of her gown in find red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the A. it was so artistically done and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy that it... Was of a splendor in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony". Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one 's way of life. Hester is held to judgment for her sins and she takes her punishment with pride but she refused to be oppressed by the restrictions of her punishment in regards to her personal liberty. Hester was ostracized by her community yet she was able to find the strength to continue to be a part of the community and raise her daughter. The colony believed that by doing these things to Hester she would break under pressure but she persevered and found online freedom through the embroidery of the scarlet letter. In conclusion all three novels provide valuable lessons. Each and every one representing a different aspect of our developing society. Not only did these novels teach very important lessons when they were written but those lessons still
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