Wonders Of The Invisible World Feminist Analysis

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In the articles, “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Wonders of the Invisible World - Trial of Martha Carrier" by Cotton Mather, and "Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop, each author expresses the importance of unity and uses different methods. In the novel, Hester stands in front of a crowd determined to accuse her and force the scarlet letter, or fabric in the shape of an “A,” signifying “adulterer” on her. Previously, Hester married an older man, Chillingworth, who temporarily sent her to America. Meanwhile, she enters an affair with the Puritan minister Dimmesdale and births their child, Pearl. Hester lives with Chillingworth who eventually dies before Dimmesdale, causing her to disappear and return peacefully alone. Throughout all three stories the authors display the importance of abolishing discrimination at different intensities, proving Hester Prynne’s struggle and heroism.
In the beginning of the novel, “The Scarlet Letter”, Hester Prynne experiences discrimination just as Martha Carrier in “Wonders of the Invisible World –
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“Before the Trial of this prisoner, several of her own Children had frankly and fully confessed, not only that they were Witches themselves, but that this their Mother had made them so.” Both were severely charged and threatened with hanging and although one is placed in the past and one after the act of discrimination, Martha is reported as an insane fanatic of witchcraft, accused by her own children who clearly had problems, as Hester, a normal woman, trapped by society faces the same punishment. Seeing that were both charged equally shows extreme discrimination towards Hester that she is forced to deal with. By relating the two excerpts, it becomes clear that Hester’s struggle of discrimination against logical women is a severe
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