Power Of Woman In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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In novel The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne asserts the power of woman through Hester’s reactions to the scaffold and the imagery surrounding it. Centering around the life of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne depicts her as a woman shunned and alienated by the puritanical society for committing adultery with the town’s priest Arthur Dimmesdale. He further forces his message with the continual incorporation of the scaffold at each major plot point. Beginning from the onset with his message, Hawthorne introduces Hester in the marketplace surrounded by a hostile setting of jeering townspeople that envelop her, adding to the ferocity of her response and the message behind it. Faced with the public scrutiny of the scaffold, Hawthorne depicts Hester
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