Hester Prynne

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A feminist is an advocate or supporter of the right and equality of women in many ways, be it the political, social or economy rights. Evoked during the 19th century, women of the time began to fight for equality between both genders and a chance of autonomy for the women to speak for themselves. From the years when the constant fights to break away from the long before traditional perception of a woman’s behaviors, feminists are portrayed like the heroes of the Venus race, who are strong willed, courageous, outspoken and autonomous. Two prominent figures that were born across the globe and ages came in as inspirational women of all time. Hester Prynne, an outcast in of the 17th century Boston Puritan’s society, is the protagonist in Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. She is not much different when compared to the 2012 orchid steel of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy movement leader who is still fighting for her country to this very day. This essay will enlighten the readers on the backgrounds of the heroines, as well as their similarities which can be compared from their various attributes. Hester Prynne was a young lady when she was out-lawed by the 17th century puritan society after having found out she had a baby out of wedlock. Her husband, who had sent her off earlier to wait for him at the Masachussetts Bay Colony never returned after two years. She married him when she was still a child and this made her still very young when she was alone waiting for her husband. The sudden child whom she bore whilst people knowing her husband was still away was a strong evidence of her adultery to a person whom she tried hard to not say the name, only later at the end of the story, he was the minister of the city, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale whom she truly loved. Due to her sin of adultery, she was punished by the society to wear the scarlet letter of the alphabet ‘A’ for a life time and had to endure the public shame to parade her guilt all around the city. For seven years, Hester tolerated her punishment patiently and courageously and stand still in the community which despises her. She did not rebel and scorn back to the society but tried to live her life with pride and remained her kind and noble self. Hester who from day to day developed into such a noble character, where her pure soul and her attitudes to treat the others benevolently ignited a sense of acceptance from the city people as in the line, “..they had begun to look at the scarlet letter not as the symbol of one sin but as a symbol of the many good deeds she had done since. “Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge?” they would ask strangers. “That’s our Hester—our own Hester—who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so generous to the troubled!”. Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of Aung San, who was the founder of the modern Burmese army who discussed Burma's independence from the British Empire in 1947. Nevertheless, he was assassinated by his rivals in the same year when Suu Kyi was just a child. She grew up with her mother, furthered her studies first at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964. She received her second degree at St Hugh’s College, Oxford in Philosophy Politics and Economics in 1969. She married Dr Michael Aris, a scholar of Tibetan culture and gave birth to Alexander and Kim. With no intention of opposing the current government in Bhurma, Suu Kyi returned to her country to tend to her ailing mother who suffered from stroke. Nevertheless, she was persuaded by the democracy movement underground society who requested her to lead them in their fight to attain democracy. Suu Kyi’s battle began from there, alongside with her personal battle to keep up on tending her mother’s ailment and the conflicts of living afar from her beloved family. Despite the strong opposition from the government, Suu Kyi remained blatant and unwavered for the sake of her supporters and country. The...
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