Tale Of A True Heroine In The Scarlet Letter

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Tale of a True Heroine Nathaniel Hawthorne, a dark romantic, published his novel The Scarlet Letter in 1850 as a method of expressing his disappointment with the Puritans ideologies. Many questions arised whether The Scarlet Letter was a feminist novel or not? As a reminder, the word feminist in literature may simply defines as: to support the belief that women should be given the rights equal to men in the society. Well, lets take a look at the what this historical fiction is all about. Hester Prynne was a beautiful woman who had cheated on her husband by having a secret affair with the minister. This result to her giving birth to an illegitimate daughter named Pearl. Hester was publicly shamed and shunned by her society, however, she was able to pull it together for the sake of her daughter and repentence. Throughout Hester Prynne’s journey in The Scarlet Letter, she proved to be a true heroine who was capable of enduring any insults, disparage, and unfair treatment accredit to her society in Boston, Massachusetts. So based on that short introduction of The Scarlet Letter on the female protagonist, it should be prominent in the eye of many scholars that The Scarlet Letter is indeed, a feminist novel. First of…show more content…
In order to support both her and her daughter, she worked as a seamtress. Many people in town adored Hester’s designs and she was displayed to be very useful in her society despite the sin she committed. Not only that, Hester also dedicated her time into helping the poor although she is living in poverty herself. Because of Hester’s selfless acts, the entire communities’ views of Hester and the scarlet letter altered. At the beginnning, Hester didn’t demand retribution for the unfair treatments thrown in her path; with this decison Hester was able to repent for the sin she had
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