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From the beginning of his writing career Nathaniel Hawthorne has made several references to Anne Hutchinson In fact he even wrote a sketch called Mrs Hutchinson Because of Hawthornes apparent interest in Mrs Hutchinson it is entirely possible that he would use her as a template for one of the characters in his many books Hawthornes character Hester Prynne is similar in many ways to Anne Hutchinson One likeness between the two women is they were both respected members of society As Michael J Colacurcio says both these remarkable and troublesome women have careers as nurses and counselors to other women 213 Anne Hutchinson started career as a respected member of society She came to America with her husband and they instantly became prominent members of society Anne Hutchinsons place in society is stated in this quote Hutchinson persuaded her husband to remove their family to Boston Massachusetts in September 1634 where their gentry status and piety assured them a prominent position in the Puritan colonyAnne Hutchinsonreligious leader 2 On the other hand Hester did not become a respectable member in society until she was charged with adultery Peoples thoughts of her are shown here Such helpfulness was found in her--so much power to sympathize--that many people to interpret the Scarlet A by its original signification They said it meant Able so strong was Hester Prynne with a womans strengthHawthorne 111 Hesters alienation from society made her sensitive to the problems of other people This helped her to help them because she understood their problems Instead of letting circumstances tear her down she used them to grow stronger and become one of the most respected members of society Hawthorne is essentially trying to show that good people occasionally make mistakes Additionally women were oppressed by a religious male dominated law system In the 17th century men were the accepted leaders of society If any one man tried to give women a voice in society he
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