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The Puritan Revolution of 17th-century in America endorsed an intimate classification of women with domestic life that achieve a wide acceptance throughout the 18th century Women were thus locked in the created domestic sphere while men were busy in the political sphere However Anne Hutchinson was a religious dissenter and she challenged the Puritan principle of conformity with religious laws was a symbol of godliness and that the Bible as the sole source of those laws Nevertheless Hester was a feminist and she challenged the Puritan belief of women belonging in the cult of domesticity Up to this time Puritan women were very restricted to life at home and therefore judged as inferior to men For example in my research I found that women were sent to the colonies as prospective wives for the settlers and the women lived in homes with married couples where they would receive suitors if they chose source 1 24 This exhibits how women did not come to America for the same reason as men did because the men came here for religious economical reasons or more Nevertheless women were immigrating to America to be the wives of the settlers this demonstrates that women were expected to live in the household for the rest of their lives In addition in The Scarlet Letter as Hester is standing on the scaffold in the beginning of the book a judge a general and the minister of the town all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting house looking down upon the platform of the spectacle without risking the majesty or reverence of rank and office55 This shows how men are looking down at Hester implying that she is inferior The reason they stand on a balcony is to protect their majesty or reverence of rank and office since they think their reputation will be ruined if they are at the same level as women Hence women were separated
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