How Is Hester Prynne A Feminist Novel

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Madame Marie de Deffand said, “Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.” In the novel, Hester becomes stronger because of her weakness like her sin being exposed to the whole town, and her having to adapt. The Scarlet Letter is compassionate to the inequalities women faced in seventeenth century Boston, a place where the sexes were far from equal. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a novel that can be considered a feminist book because the protagonist, Hester Prynne, goes against the norms of Puritan values, battles the moral differences between men and women, and exhibits strength as she experiences adversity in her strict, judgemental community.
Hester Prynne is a great example of a strong woman. For example, even though the men of her town have more power than the women of the town, Hester is tougher than Reverend Dimmesdale, who cannot even admit his misdeed to the town. When people ask Hester who the father of Pearl is, she does not share his identity, even though she knows her silence will bring her a harsher punishment. Hester grows more powerful over the years while she keeps her secret. Furthermore, she returns to Boston after Dimmesdale has died and resumes life there. Dimmesdale does the opposite. His secret and guilt burden him over time and eventually kills him. Hester lives ignominiously in Boston and has the courage to have her disgrace be public, while Dimmesdale is a coward and cannot admit it. Another example

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