Social Problems in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

Social Problems in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

B. Jayanthi

B. Jayanthi "Social Problems in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter" Published in International Journal of Trend in Research and Development (IJTRD), ISSN: 2394-9333, Conference Proceeding | NCMCR-19 , March 2019, URL:

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s the scarlet letter (1850), but is set in Puritan settled Boston in the 1600 hundreds. It is about a young married woman that commits adultery and tolerates a child.This was pondered to be very disgraceful, and punishable by the church centred community. The woman, Hester Prynne, gives natal to her child in penitentiary and is made to attire a scarlet "A" on her outfit. The A stands for adultery. She is derided and ashamed for her actions, and their penalties. The struggle of Hester and Arthur to have a secret love affair.Once Hester Prynne is released from penitentiary, with the infant, and is made to cavalcade through the town’s people to the Market-Place. The book portrays the reactions of the women and men of the community to Hester, the child, her punishment, and the scarlet letter on her costume. The wild-natured strength that is created within Hester, the source of which lies in the rejection of patriarchal law, and therefore inaccessible by men or even women living within this law, is the new kind of femininity that Hester (and later Pearl) come to represent.Hawthorne paints Hester as a free woman in the ending pages of this book, and also makes her and Dimmesdale equals by having them share the same marker on their tombstones. This story presents a vibrant portrait of feminism.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

Conference Proceeding | NCMCR-19 , March 2019


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