Hester Prynne is a strong willed woman who makes brave decisions, making her an avid feminist. Her dedication to what she thinks and believes in is shown throughout the book because she continuously does what she thinks is right, even if she doesn’t abide by how women were suppose to act during her time. First, when Hester is prosecuted by the male authority to admit who else committed the crime, she refuses. She is asked to give her daughter a father, but instead she says, “Never!... I will not speak! My child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly one!” (47). Her bold words show that she is passionate for what she believes. She also stands up to the male authority when they threaten to take Pearl away. Hester says, “God gave me the child! He gave her, in requital of all things else, which ye had taken from me. She is my happiness!—she is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life! Pearl punishes me too! See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a million-fold the power of retribution for my sin? Ye shall not take her! I will die first!” (77). She does not let the male authority control her, and instead she stands up to them. She shows feminism by feeling acting upon laws she sets for herself instead of criteria people set for her. People also began to notice that she didn’t let people influence the way she was going to live. "Such helpfulness was found in her- so much power to do and…
Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, protagonist Hester Prynne is exiled from society when she is forced to dawn a scarlet “A” upon her chest. This is punishment for Hester’s adulterous union with Arthur Dimmesdale, followed by the birth of their illegitimate child. Although, written one hundred and fifty years ago Hawthorne’s novel contains concepts and insights still relevant to today’s readers. Hawthorne’s themes of sin, judgment, feminism, and redemption have made The Scarlet Letter a lasting piece…
Hester Prynne: A Feminist at Heart
In literature woman are often seen as an evil temptresses and their actions seem to cause chaos in a previously untroubled society. This use of women as destructive forces is clear in the Bible, when Eve is announced as the cause of original sin. However, in The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne portrays the image of a woman who can make her own decisions without causing destruction to society. Throughout Hawthorne’s story he allows Hester to represent feminist qualities…
Ap English Language and Composition
The Scarlet Letter Essay
Is It a Feminist Novel ?
A large theme in Nathanial Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter is feminism.
Feminism is simply a woman’s role in society. Hawthorne’s characterization of Hester as a
weak woman who obeyed the wishes of a patriarchal society illustrates his antifeminist views.
Anti feminist views are views is the ideology that is broadly defined as an opposition to
feminism or some aspect of feminism. The meaning of antifeminism has varied across time…
English 10 H
The Scarlet Letter Final Test (Essay) #6
Often in literature, women are portrayed as weak or evil. Eve caused original sin, Miss
Havisham, from Charles Dickens’s
, hated men because of heartbreak, and Cruella
de Vil planned to murder dogs for their coats. However, in
The Scarlet Letter
, Nathaniel Hawthorne
shows the role of a woman in a different light. Hester Prynne, the main character, makes her own
decisions without causing her community to fall apart…