Theme Of Feminism In The Scarlet Letter

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From the suffragettes who advocated for women’s right to vote in the early 20th century, to the “social justice warriors” on the internet today, feminism has always been an important idea in American culture. Despite being so prominent in daily life, many people have no idea what feminism actually is. This is because the definition of feminism has changed many times. These changes are usually separated into four different “waves”. According to Pacific University, Fourth wave feminism, the most current definition, is defined as a push for equality for women, with a focus on more marginalized women, such as women of color and women of the LGBT+ community. It also focuses on women being in control of their own lives, and advocates for reproductive rights and control over one’s own sexuality. Fourth wave feminism also questions the idea of gender, and challenges gender roles. Because of this definition of feminism, while The Scarlet Letter does showcase some feminist ideas, many modern feminists would not say that it fits their idea of feminism. The first problem with The Scarlet Letter being considered a feminist novel is the aggressive shaming of Hester’s relationship with Dimmesdale. The novel revolves around Hester’s struggles with life after she has a child as a result of adultery. Hester was married to a man who she did not love, and was probably dead, and so she fell in love with Dimmesdale. This is something that modern feminists would most likely encourage and
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