Women's Place in Society

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Coleman Cameron
Ms. Haselmann
AP Language Comprehension, Period 1
10/1/12
Woman’s place in society is a very controversial and debatable situation. The Scarlet Letter was written in the 1800s, a time when women did not have a significant place in society but Hawthorne challenged this with the idea that the opposite sex should have equal rights and this opinion is agreeable. As time passes women start to gain a more prominent role in society.

In resent time some of the most prominent people in America are women. There are women even getting involved in government, for example, Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State. She is one of the most empowered people in America pushing for all her views to be implied. Another very prominent woman is Oprah Winfrey. Many Americans watch her show for guidance, motivation, and moral support. Women have to work just as hard or even harder to gain a significant place in society.

Hawthorne’s character, Hester Prynne, shows the personality a woman needs to change her role in society. She doesn’t let herself fall into the “norm” of society. She is dynamic and doesn’t agree with the rules of her society. Her character is proof that women have to work harder to gain a significant role in society.

Women have always had it harder then men to have a significant place in society. Women’s role has changed immensely since the time the Scarlet Letter was placed in. At this time women basically had no rights, which is completely different from now in which women have equal rights. Women have worked very hard and have been discriminated so much to gain their place in society today.
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