Similarities Between The Help And The Scarlet Letter

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To Leave a Trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson shows us clearly through this quote, that we should not follow the paths set for us by society instead, we should create our own way through life and leave a trail a legacy of our own. A perfect example of protagonists leading their own trail to self discovery is in the books The Help and The Scarlet Letter . Skeeter Phelan and Hester Prynne both develop throughout the books and contrast society’s wishes,the authors show this through a fierce sense of realism. However, The Help puts in evidence a volume of racism towards people of color whereas The Scarlet Letter puts a lot of emphasis on the committing of
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In the Help, Hawthorne , shows us how people of different color interacted with each other in the 1960’s, and this becomes very much key to his protagonist for she revolts against the ill consumptions present between the races. She, Skeeter, becomes the representation of the whites who see the wrongs done to the blacks, Minny and Aibileen, become the representation of the fact that maybe not all white people are prejudice, whereas the other black maids and Hilly , the antagonist and the other society girls stand for all that is evil with the society , the judgments we take on each other without really knowing one another. We see the same thing in the Scarlet Letter , except in this case it is the fact of going against one 's faith , the aspect of religion vs the individual , Stockett shows to us how Hester made but one mistake and the Puritans her supposed family , her religion , betray her by outcasting her , instead of helping her understand that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes.This is historically accurate for the Puritans were very strict with that fact that all their laws must be obeyed, never the less , Hester doesn 't let it affect her and she becomes the perfect representation of a person fighting for survival and what she believes in . All and all the fierce sense of realism is supported by very strongly present themes.

The theme of racism is well depicted in The Help , whereas the theme of sin is ever present in The Scarlet Letter. Hawthorne depicts sin through multiple characters, he shows the art of sin committed through revenge, guilt, adultery, and consequence-as in the people who commit sin or are associated to a sin committed by another , like pearl who is the consequence of her parents affair. Hester , pearl mother, stood for the perfect example of sin for all women
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