Analysis Of Catherine Maria Sedgwick 's ' The Scarlett Letter ' Essay

1778 WordsDec 18, 20168 Pages
Comparing Catherine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie or Early Times in Massachusetts and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter is interesting because at first glance both novels don’t appear to have much in common. However, despite obvious differences between both novels such as the character presentation of the female protagonists in Hope Leslie, who range from the free-spirited Hope Leslie, obedient Puritan Esther, and Magawisca as a noble but proud Native American contrasts with Hester Prynne’s presentation as a shamed but deeply contemplative woman in The Scarlett Letter. The different purposes all these characters each serve in their respective stories begins to show commonality in that Hope Leslie’s Hope, Esther, and Magawisca and The Scarlett Letter’s Hester Prynne all have to overcome the adversity and social expectations within their Puritan society so that they can do what they feel is right by relying on their feelings, intelligence, and inner strength. By examining how characters such as Hope Leslie and Hester Prynne overcome the challenges they face in their respective Puritan societies, it will be easier to discover how both novels presentations of their female protagonist illustrates the gender politics of each text. Both Hope Leslie and Hester Prynne defy the Puritan authority to do what they feel is morally right in the face of judgment and opposition. In Hope Leslie, after Nelema’s trial and her impending execution as a witch, Hope takes the opportunity
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