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In The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne describes Hester as an enigma of womankind instilling his views of Puritanism and the role of the woman into the heroine In de Beauvoirs essay The Other she introduces the role of woman as seen by men in society Both writers have developed a clear idea of the purpose of woman in society Yet there are variations in their beliefs on womans role in society Each author advocates an ideal relationship between men and women Even now some of the writers perceptions on the relationships between man and woman are still shared by a large number of people but there have been many changes since The Scarlet Letter and The Other were published Each author has in his or her own way conveyed a strong idea of the model woman and her place in the bonds of community Hawthorne and de Beauvoir have unique views of females De Beauvoir believes that men see women as the inferior sex and they are subordinates to men Hawthorne on the other hand feels that although most women are lower in status than men some women in society can have more prestige than men De Beauvoir thinks that men have an unfair advantage in society and that a woman no matter how perfect is no better than any man Yet Hawthorne refutes this belief by making Hester seem to be better and stronger than Chillingworth and Dimmesdale At the end Hester even is revered and envied by all the townspeople De Beauvoir seems to believe that woman has no influence on society yet Hawthornes portrayal of Hester makes readers believe that she may have softened the Puritans view on adultery and other crimes Both authors judgments of females dependency on males are strongly affirmed Man seems to be the more dominant sex De Beauvoir takes this belief to the extreme He is the Subject he is the Absolute - she is the Other Hawthorne
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