Analysis Of The Book ' The Scarlet Letter '

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In the book,The Scarlet Letter, there are many questions that grab the reader’s attention. One of the most intriguing and thought­provoking question is, “Is Hester Prynne a good mother and should she be allowed to keep Pearl?” This question does not have a simple yes or no answer, the reader must take into account many things the author mentions in the book. However, after careful consideration, one might find that Hester is not, in fact, a good mother, but should be allowed to keep Pearl. There is an abundance of information found within the text to support the answer to this question. The biggest reason that supports this is that while Hester is not very maternal or loving, she still cares for Pearl and understands what Pearl has to go through. In comparison, Pearl is an allegory for the Scarlet Letter on Hester’s bosom, and is basically bound to Hester until the truth is revealed. Pearl is also a “child of sin” and would most likely be rejected by most families in the Puritan community. While Hester is standing out on the platform being shamed, the infant in her arms begins to wail and Hester “mechanically” begins to comfort the child. While Hester may not necessarily be loving towards the baby, she still makes an effort which shows that she cares somewhat and demonstrates a basic maternal instinct.Then, when she takes Pearl back into the jail with her, she forgets about the baby altogether when Roger Chillingworth enters, showing she may be unfit to
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