“Between Passion and Sin: A postmodern Feminist Approach to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter”

analytical Essay
2124 words
2124 words

Keeping aside all the established theories of genre traditions the postmodern feminist approach to woman’s attitude toward the social restrictions and religious canons, can be analyzed in order to find the real identity of nineteenth century American woman. Such restrictions have affected her passions; derived her real happiness and freedom beyond the man made moral and religious systems of marriage and post-marital life. Man’s systems of morality and hypocrisy tampered the womanhood and her privacy to choose a life beyond her tolerance and patience. The feminist approach to woman strongly opposes the socio-religious and Andocentric hegemony over woman’s natural choice of life. The postmodern feminist perspective of dividing woman from man created and stereotyped position. It can also be analyzed from a postmodern feminist argument.

Feminism is inseparable from postmodernism. Most of the research in social sciences was, in fact, carried out by feminists in the latter half of the twentieth century. Many feminists discarded the eighteenth century liberal feminism and responded to the fundamental philosophical discourses in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. In the postmodern period feminist observations and discourses have became prominent.

The postmodern feminists refused all the male centered theories related to truth, reality and traditions, etc. They do not accept the universality of ideals of philosophy, reason and theory that have been politically promoted against woman’s ideology. They consider them as theories popularized by men and woman’s experience, ideology and paradigms have never been part of all major established theories. They also deny modernism which has been projected by male centered in ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the postmodern feminist approach to woman's attitude toward social restrictions and religious canons to find the real identity of nineteenth century american woman.
  • Analyzes how the gender question arises first with female and it is woman's fate to identify herself as woman.
  • Analyzes how hawthorne's portrayal of hester as a true representative of feminity rather than womanliness is clearly evident.
  • Argues that postmodernists argue that dependency is justified between man and woman as they equally take part in the creation of modern men and women for a generation that sustains through ages.
  • Analyzes how hawthorne's "the scarlet letter" needs to be studied from both the postmodernist and post-modern feminist point of view.
  • Explains bercovitch, sacvan, the office of the scarlet letter. baltimore: johns hopkins university press, 1991.
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  • Explains brackett, virginia, classic love and romance literature: an encyclopedia of works, characters, authors and themes.
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  • Analyzes kaul's character and motivation in the scarlet letter. critical quarterly 10 1968, pp. 373-84.
  • Explains thorslev, peter l., jr. the byronic hero: types and prototypes. minneapolis: university of minnesota press.
  • Analyzes the psychological conditions of the central character ‘hester prynne’ through postmodern feministic approach.
  • Analyzes how hawthorne uses a depth of tenderness and unlimited sympathy with all forms of being and an omnipresent love in "the scarlet letter."
  • Analyzes how hawthorne saw the mystic power of sin and attributed it to the psychological conditions of man who was once under the influence of belief in sin.
  • Analyzes how hawthorne exposed the moral dilemma of overcoming moral intimidation confronted by hester and dimmesdale.
  • Analyzes how hawthorne protested the adopted western paradigms and social systems of gender bias. he pity dimmesdale at the helm of his religious puritan affairs and his commitment to purity and service to god.
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