The Scarlet Letter is written and told by Hawthorne, so readers do not hear what Hester is actually feeling. As Hawthorne writes about the sin of Hester he does not even briefly allow the reader to really see into Hester’s heart, always o...
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...ne portrays women as not being an equal to men. The book does not allow us to know how Hester’s truly feels about everything that happens to her. Also most of the women have awful characteristics that make them sinful, crazy, or evil. Even though this novel portrays women as inferior I do not think that this will hinder the movement for women. This book was written and published in 1850 and even though some novels still portray women the same way, in the present world women are a lot closer to being equals to men then when this book was published. Some of the book’s themes still hold true today and even some of the ways Hawthorne portrays women, but the equality is closer then it was in 1850. The Scarlet Letter is a fantastic classic book to remind readers that feminism was part of society even back then and a great way to apply the feminist approach today.
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