Mother And Daughter Relationship Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' Scarlet Letter '

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Mother and Daughter Relationship in Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter, a renowned work of fiction, tackles a lot of interesting themes. The plot of the novel basically revolves around the consequences of Hester Prynne’s adulterous action with the church minister, Arthur Dimmesdale which breeds the vengeful character of her husband, Roger Chillingworth. Society condemns the main character through the punishment of wearing a scarlet letter “A”, as well as the threats of separation to her child named Pearl. Despite the numerous scenes from the novel, one of the most interesting topics revolves around the relationship of Hester with her daughter; the established relationship between the mother and her daughter can be seen as very influential to the development of the story. Pearl is a living manifestation of her mother’s “sin” which drives their complex relationship, but she also serves as her only real treasure, the love of her life, and a major driving force for encouraging Hester to go on with her life.
Hester regards Pearl as her only real treasure in life and because of this, she is ready to sacrifice all for her child. This can be seen from the book’s in-depth introduction of the character of Pearl. It can be seen that even from the process of naming her child, Hester already thought about a name that will fit for the unmatched value of her yet unborn child. In Chapter 6, the narrator says that “she named the infant "Pearl," as being of…

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