Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter ' Essay

1022 WordsDec 11, 20165 Pages
Women or Men, is there really a double standard? The inequality between men and women was even more prominent and obvious during the antebellum era. In The Scarlet Letter By Nathanial Hawthorne there was Hester Prynne and in The Two Offers By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, there was Janette Alston. Both of these women, rose above the rest, through adversity, hardship, and against all odds still came out on top, even during a time period that didn’t appreciate a strong woman. In “The Scarlet Letter”, Hester Prynne, was thrown in jail and forced to wear a symbol of her sin and lived on the outskirts of society for most of her life after, but even through all that she did not break or run away she became stronger and it became a part of her identity. In The Two Offers, Janette Alston is not necessarily the main focus of the story but was a wonderful symbol during that time period. She becomes very famous for her spirit, where as her sister does the opposite and gets married and tries to have children but passes away and instead of Janette, breaking down because of this, she becomes stronger in the face of adversity and inevitably becomes an Old Maid. These are just a few of the many examples of what our characters go through and how harshly our society judge’s women versus men, it is as if they are held to higher standards, and Hawthorne and Harper create a vivid picture of what many women experienced during the beginning of the 19th century. During the 19th century women were
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