Moving west allowed the roles in society to disappear. Women who moved west were forced to break away from their natural place in the family and take on a new role as someone who worked hard to build a new life. “but I am satisfied that with all the disadvantages of raising a family in a new country, there is a consolation in knowing that our children are prepared to brave the ills of life.” This showed that even though moving west had a lot of difficulties tied to it, in the end a lot of people benefitted from being disconnected from society. Henry David Thoreau disconnected with society because
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She defeats her fear of her husband, Kevin when she becomes strong enough to fight back against him. Katie goes through the steps of overcoming her obstacles over the course of the novel, showing women that are being abused there is hope and proof love heals all wounds. Katie’s hardships make her struggle with feeling normal because the feeling is so foreign to her. Katie feels alienated in her community because she believes her trials make her unlike anyone else. Her trials include being abused, escaping, and the constant fear of being found.
Both of these characters wanted an improved life, even if it requires them staying in a corrupt relationship. Maggie’s failure to override the desire to escape the streets of Bowery and the lust for Pete had caused a rift between her family and herself. Her opportunistic outlook and consciousness in apparences increases the longer Maggie is in company with Pete and her dependency decreases over this course of time. Despite the difficult environment that Maggie grew up in, her outlook on people and life are very similar to the people of the past and future. With the life that was destined for possible greatness, Maggie took a wrong turn somewhere down the streets of Bowery and left the memorable legacy behind in Rum Alley.
In the end tradition could cause more harm than it is meant for good. Thus it is really important to change traditional values of communities to improve the quality of life for many people. In the short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Lather and Nothing Else” by Hernando Tellez tradition can be shown to be very submissive, that is stopping people from making any changes in ending harmful traditional practices. It is also noted that the act of change merely isn’t over within a fortnight. The act of changing tradition is a long process that will yield in positive results for everyone but is too painful for many to accommodate properly.
The novel opens with Jane feeling inadequate about going on a walk with her cousins and the novel ends with Jane embarking on a journey of her very own, this is not a coincidence. Jane seems to learn quickly that she is the only one who can help her break free from her entrapment. The first place Jane must learn how to leave is Gateshead. She is not happy at Gateshead because is constantly put down by her cousins and even the servants. Helen tries to teach Jane to forgive her enemies in order for Jane to be able move on and gain confidence in herself: If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would have it all their own way: they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse.
Hester is enveloped in her sin, seeing it in her daughter daily, feeling the strain of society, and living with the penalties of her actions. She could have run away with Pearl, leaving behind the shame and persecution and begin anew. Hester does not though; she remains in town, exiling herself and Pearl to a tiny cottage in the woods, on the outskirts of town. This is one of the many reasons why Hester is appropriately dubbed a tragic heroine. Hester hoped for a better future, one involving a more accepting culture and a life with Dimmesdale and Pearl, so she abandoned her emotions in order to escape the pain of reality.
Hawthorne states that “The poor…, whom [Hester] sought out to be the objects of her bounty, often reviled the hand that was stretched forth to succor them.” Still, Hester found her niche in making clothing. She was able to do as she hoped, which was “…not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and m... ... middle of paper ... ...death. Hawthorne makes a powerful statement in his novel, encouraging readers that any punishment is surely not as terrible as that which we put upon ourselves by hosting an unclear conscience. Hester Prynne is transformed before the reader’s eyes, from a sinful character unworthy of humanity’s mercy to a respectable and admirable woman who has turned her life around. Dimmesdale is transformed as well, from a respected man who made a mistake to a terrifying character who could not own up to his wrongdoings.