Appearance vs. Reality, Isolation, and Good Can Come from Evil in The Scarlet Letter

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Throughout The Scarlet Letter, the reader knows that Pearl is the result of Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s sin, but does she have play a more important role in the novel? For instance, some readers may understand Pearl’s part in displaying the themes of this novel. In the beginning of the novel, Hester commits adultery with Dimmesdale and has who she names Pearl. Dimmesdale suffers because he keeps his sin a secret, while Hester is unable to and is punished for it. Dimmesdale also suffers because he never builds a connection with Pearl: In the end of the novel, though, when he dies, Pearl accepts him and kisses him. Later, Pearl becomes one of the richest women in the world, gets married, has a family, and lives a happy life. Pearl is a major…show more content…
The last theme that Pearl displays is Good Can Come from Evil. Pearl not only represents this theme, but she foreshadows it from the beginning of the novel. Pearl is a product of sin, yet Hawthorne shows the reader that she is the only “hope” for Hester and Dimmesdale. This is shown through the rosebush and how throughout the story there is always an interest in the rose when it comes to Pearl. For example, Pearl always wants a rose and she says that she came from the rose bush when asked where she came from. Also when Pearl kisses Dimmesdale she changes completely, for the better. Lastly at the end of the book it says how Pearl is the only one to live a great life because she has a family, is married, and she is the richest heir in the world because of Roger Chillingworth’s fortune. “...he bequeathed a very considerable amount of property, both here and in England, to little Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.” This shows how Pearl deserves her life for being born from sin, even though Pearl is the result of an evil action; she is the only innocent character in the story. Another example of how Good Can Come from Evil is when pearl kisses Dimmesdale.
Pearl kisses his lips. A spell is broken. The great science of grief, in which the wild infant bore a party, had developed all of her synthesis; and as her tears fell upon her father’s cheek, they

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