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A large theme in Nathanial Hawthornes novel The Scarlet Letter is feminism Hawthornes characterization of Hester as a weak woman who obeyed the wishes of a patriarchal society illustrates his anti-feminist views When Dimmesdale tells Hester to never reveal him as the father Hester obeys Even when she is in front of the whole town she refuses to break her promise to Dimmesdale exclaiming I might endure his agony as well as mine 57 By refusing to admit to who the father is she takes all the blame onto herself When Chillingworth brings out the point that he bears no letter of infamy wrought into his garment as thou dost Hester still refuses to break the promise between her and Dimmesdale and instead carries all the blame 63 When Hester is convicted of the crime of adultery she goes along with what society tells her to do and never puts up a fight She never mentions the fact that her husband has been gone for 2 years and is believed to be dead to defend herself but instead takes the punishment given to her Hester has the opportunity to return to her birthplace or to any other European land and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior but she does not want to run away and start a new life 67 She would rather take the punishment that society has given to her because she feels that she deserves it There was another reason Hester did not want to run away and although she tried not to think of it she always knew it to be true Hester believed that she and Dimmesdale where in union and even though they were unrecognized on earth that they would be together before the bar of final judgment68 Hester never wanted to run away without Dimmesdale Until Dimmesdale suggest that they runaway Hester is unwilling to do it When Dimmesdale suggest that they
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