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  • Titill er á ensku Nathaniel Hawthorne as a Revolutionary Author. Feminism in The Scarlet Letter
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    The protagonist of The Scarlet Letter works as a predecessor for fictional feminist heroines. Much like modern times, Hester Prynne is born into a society that favors men and the main character suffers from the unfair treatment that is brought upon her due to her femininity. Nathaniel Hawthorne invents a universe to show female oppression and how harmful it can be for individuals to be regarded as less important because of one’s gender. The purpose of this study is to investigate how Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to create one of the first strong female protagonists by using elements from feminist movements that occurred even after his death. The concept of the second and third waves of feminism was not yet invented before the author passed, but it is still possible to find traces of these feminist waves in The Scarlet Letter. At the time of its publication, The Scarlet Letter revolutionized female-centred narratives; the main character of The Scarlet Letter is unique since her behavior and mindset differ from other female characters of the 19th century. By using feminist theory it is clear that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s innovative way of thinking sets the foundation for him to create the feminist character of Hester Prynne. The author shows, through his novel, that he is aware of how unfair women are treated and reflects that into The Scarlet Letter. Even though women today are not facing the same problems that Hester Prynne encounters, there are still social changes that need to be made for women to be equal to men. By considering issues from real life and by being inspired by feminists from the 19th century, Nathaniel Hawthorne has created a feminist that is still relevant to this day.

  • 11.5.2021

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