Society has always focused on woman’s sexual life and her choises.
Could it be true? She clutched the child so fiercely to her breast, that it sent forth a cry; she turned her eyes downward at the scarlet letter, and even touched it with her finger, to assure herself that the infant and the shame were real. Yes!—these were her realities,—all else had vanished!(Hawthrone 55)
Nathaniel Hawthrone’s work The Scarlet Letter is a suitable example.It takes place in 17th century America and was published in 1850.This narrative describes Hester Prynne’s consequences of adultery. It depicts the destiny of Hester. Numerous interpretations are engendered in the story, seeing it as a tale of sin and its consequences of redemption, of isolation , of an individual struggling and so much more. Puritan society forced Hester Prynne to wear on her chest the symbol of her sin because she had a baby out of wedlock, fact which is a huge taboo in the Puritain village . Adultery was considered an unacceptable behaviour by Puritain moral standards.The story examines the role of society.
Patriarchy used so called mechanism slut-shaming which is the act of criticising a woman for her real or presumed sexual activity or behaving in ways that someone thinks are associated with her real or presumed activity by attaching to her the derogatory slut label.
Three centuries later, Easy A help us to imagine on Hester in nowadays, and how she is judged about his personal decisions.This production gives us the idea of how society deals with sexually deviant behaviour of a woman.Easy A is an American comedy produced in 2010, directed by Will Gluck.It represents how modern society continues to consider as highly improper when a woman behaves in a deviant way.
This teen comedy is Hawthrone’s romance modern interpretations. Olive Penderghast is a kind of modern Hester Prinne. She agrees to help the guys by pretending to have sex with them.Olive’s schoolmates judged her harshly because are spreaden some rumors about her sexual life.She is labeled as a slut.Hester and Olive wents through a kind of harassment.This kind of harassment matches the concept of slut-shaming, and the girls are labeled as a slut when they do something which isn’t accepted by sexual standards.
Therefore, I choosed to research Hawthrone’s narrative and Gluck’s addaptation to see how slut-shaming operates.
This paper helps you to understand why woman is judged in a negative way, what does it mean to be a woman, and will light these issues.Also, I will identify and compare some parts of the book and of the film and I will evaluate how slut-shaming affects Hester and Olive.
I will briefly go over the structure of my work.I will try to make you to understand how The Scarlet Letter was translated into our times in Easy A. I will explain certain aspects of Puritanism. Puritanism fostered the culture of intolerance towards women’s sexuality and in nowadays sexism fostered this culture.
The Scarlet Letter and Easy A revealed facts involving Hester and Olive. They are judged for a deviant behaviour considered to cross the line of what is acceptable.They are judged in a different way.
The main female characters are criticized for their sexual activity. In both cases, the women are the main initiators of insults.As a consequence of punishment , they are excluded from society.Both react differently.In the literary and cinematographic narratives the choises that they made and their mindset throughout the whole ordeal are different.