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Hester Prynne

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...

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Hester Prynne Character Study

In the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is the protagonist. Hester is a good person who made a bad decision, which makes her a relatable character regardless of the year this book is read in. Hester is the protagonist, but at times she does seem more like a victim than heroine. “[Hester] was tall, with a figure of perfect elegance, on a large scale. She had dark and abundant hair, so glossy that it threw off the sunshine with a gleam, and a face which, besides being...

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Hester Prynne Is a Feminist

Hester Prynne is a Feminist The Scarlet Letter can easily be audited as early feministic piece of literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne created a story that exemplifies Hester as a strong female character living with her choices, whether they were ethical or unethical (Hawthorne, 52). Hester Prynne is a feminist who refuses to accept the subordinate role of women because she has financial, emotional, and intellectual independence. Hester Prynne is comparable to a modern feminist because of her...

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Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams

Hester Prynne and Abigail Williams The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel about a young women named Hester Prynne who is forced to bear a scarlet A on her breast for commiting the sin of adultury. For violating the strict puritian religion, she is isolated from society, with the product of her sin, her daughter Pearl. She is greatly critizised and humiliated by the townspeople. Hester did not commit the sin alone, but her lover is at fault as well. He remains silent until guilt...

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Hester Prynne Sanction

Hester Prynne Sanction The persistent issue of corporate punishment has been the proverbial thorn in the side of many people throughout history. Corporations have caused many people huge amounts of both physical and emotional pain due to instances of improper mechanical maintenance, ignorance towards the environment, and the manufacture of life threatening products. The main problem that lies as an obstacle in front of prosecutors of these corporations is, who do they punish? The Lord Chancellor...

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The Imperfection of Hester Prynne

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter he follows Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale through their journey of discovering the truth and realizing what perfection truly is. Hester and Dimmesdale are sworn to secrecy by one another when we are first introduced to them in The Scarlet Letter. Each of these characters are ashamed of their sin, adultery, and are trying their best to protect themselves and their reputation by keeping it a secret. Hester Prynne is seen to be evil in her town, and she must...

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The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne and Feminism

The Magnificent Hester Prynne Female inferiority is prevalent in Puritan society. However, in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne exemplifies the ethics, independence, and beauty that defy typical feminine standards in the 17th century. Thus, Hester becomes a feminist champion in the novel through her exceptional characteristics and her support for Arthur Dimmesdale. To begin, Hester Prynne’s good looks, talent, and untainted principles...

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The Scarlet Letter, Is Hester Prynne a good mother?

The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne, the main character of the book "The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, commits adultery, is considered a hussy, and has a child as the result of her sin. She cheats on her husband while he is absent from town and receives a harsh punishment for her behavior already. Hester is forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her bosom for the rest of her life. It is now on debate on whether or not Pearl should be taken away from her mother’s guidance. This is...

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Hester Prynne and Henry David Thoreau: Rebels in Society

Hester Prynne and Henry David Thoreau: Rebels in Society Hester Prynne is an anarchic force that destabilizes the status quo, allowing change to occur. She is a strong character, a rebel ostracized from society. The isolation she lives in brings her sorrow, yet grants her freedom of thought. Hester rejects the imprisoning commands of an accusatory society and has the will to fight against their influence over her nature. Henry David Thoreau also rebelled against the established orders of...

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Similarities and Differences Between Hester Prynne and Edna Pontellier

differences between Hester Prynne and Edna Pontellier. Although The Scarlet Letter and The Awakening were written in different times and tell the story of dissimilar communities in which both main protagonists need to break the rules governing the society in order to explore their inner selves and fulfill individual desires. What both women share is the fact that they had troubles to find themselves among the people they lived with and accept the rules of the community. What is more Hester, as well as...

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