Gender and Literature/Art

Interpretation of Pan Jinlian and Hester Prynne:A Cultural Prospective

Chen Zhilan
Sichuan Police Academy
Journal of Honghe University 2015-3

Abstract:In Chinese classic novel The Golden Lotus, Pan Jinlian is always the target of public criticism. Bad reputation is imposed on her forever. But another female image Hester Prynne, created by American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in Scarlet Letter, who suffers the same but with different destiny, is regarded as the representative of kind and tough woman and finally getting people's forgiveness. This thesis tries to analyze and compare the two images under the angle of male chauvinism and find the common reason of these tragic women in eastern and western literature.
Keywords:different culture, representatives, tragedy, destiny, comparison

Paper type:Published