She kept her pride while defending her significant other, yet her courageousness did not stop her. Hester did not ponder to help other people anyhow when she was wearing the letter since she realized that it was her obligation to individuals who were more hopeless than she was. Going out in open places with the letter A must has been a very dishonor and disgrace, but Hester persevered through those sentiments and tackled the townspeople with fearlessness. That is why Hester is a feminist all around and I say this because she did not give up; instead, she defeated her
Her actions during the first chapter of the novel exemplify feminist beliefs and shape her into an independent character. She feels guilt through her sin because she is being punished and outcasted for her actions, and does not want to feel that. She wants the society to know that she is proud of her daughter and will not let anyone expel her from the love and fortitude she feels for little Pearl. From the earliest starting point of the novel, Hester is depicted as a strong woman who does not take after the conventional expressions of the Puritans and unquestionably doesn't accompany accepted Puritan religious morale. As the novel progresses, Hester becomes more sheltered and starts to feel she is never going to be forgiven for her sins, although her re... ... middle of paper ... ...ale since he didn’t have a purpose in life anymore.
However, Hope Leslie does not conform to the expected behavior of women during that time, behavior that only further expressed the supposed superiority of males. Hope portrays behaviors and attitudes common in a woman today. Hope is capable of thinking for herself, is courageous, independent, and aggressive. Sir Philip Gardner describes Hope as having “a generous rashness, a thoughtless impetuosity, a fearlessness of the… dictators that surround her, and a noble contempt of fear” (211). In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior.
Hester Prynne is a strong, independent woman who deals with her sin of adultery very well. Instead of running away from it, she lives with it and accepts her punishment. However, while succumbing to the will of the court, she does not for an instant truly believe that she sinned. Hester thinks that she has not committed adultery because in her mind she wasn't really married to Chillingworth. Hester believes that marriage is only valid when there is love, and there is no love between Hester and Chillingworth.
Mrs. Reed’s biggest crime against Jane occurs during the meeting with Mr. Brocklehurst. Jane’s aunt describes her as a deceitful child even though she is truly not deceitful. Jane is able to break free from Mrs. Reed and her harsh punishments after hearing these false convictions. “Ere I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt.” Jane stands up for herself to Mrs. Reed and disowns her as an aunt. She is able to feel free from Mrs. Reed and her horrible doings.
Feminists are independent individuals that stand against the given norms of society. Throughout history, there are many examples of these strong individuals that help innovate society forward. Because Puritan society greatly suppressed many women, feminism is quite impossible at that time. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne explores the life of Hester Prynne, a young puritan woman involved in an affair. Throughout the book, Hester Prynne expresses her potential to become an early feminist and at times is, however her love for Arthur Dimmesdale holds her back from attaining her full feminist potential.
40) This is the reader’s first real look at Jane’s character, initially showing how even as a little girl, she is unafraid to stand up to people when she knows they are in the wrong. For a woman to be this unapologetic and outspoken in the Victorian era would have been almost unheard of, making Jane Eyre a truly revolutionary character. Jane is also shown to be opinionated in chapter 12, “Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do … It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex” (12.129) and chapter 14, “I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me,
Hester first showcases this independence when she “repel[s] [the beadle], by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character” before she goes on the scaffold for the first time (57). H... ... middle of paper ... ...h counters the idea of Hester being a strong woman. Hawthorne’s presentation of Hester as a strong woman has served as a role-model of what the ideal woman should be. Thanks to Hawthorne’s character, Hester Prynne, the role of women in society has changed drastically over the years to create an equal existence with males. Works Cited de Tocqueville, Alexis.
When she remains reserve despite the constant and intimidating interrogations that she receives on the scaffold, she is able to control the townspeople’s curiosity. Other than control, the scene in the scaffold is also able to prove how determined Hester is especially when she stood up for her decision to keep the father’s name a secret. Moreover, the scene also displays her strength as a woman, which was deemed to be uncommon considering the stereotypes present during the Puritan era. Indeed, despite the existence of prejudice against women in the patriarchal Puritan community, Hester Prynne shows how women can destroy the gender discrimination and make the society
While Hester took the blame for her sin, her lover, Dimmesdale, did not get punished at all, since men we... ... middle of paper ... ...mesdale died, Chillingsworth no longer had any strength and energy left in him, displaying his own vulnerability. These two men are portrayed as weak, in comparison to Hester who was representative of a strong female. Although there still is some uncertainty to as whether Hawthorne wrote the novel with feminist intentions, it is clear from Fryer’s novel that she believed that The Scarlet Letter was a feminist novel. Hester was portrayed as the strongest character of the novel even though she was a female and the male characters were portrayed as the weak links in the story. Also, Hawthorne was able to embody his own characteristics into Hester to expose the inequalities of men and women in a Puritan society.