Pearl In The Scarlet Letter

1233 WordsSep 28, 20175 Pages
One of the most significant writers of the romantic period in American literature was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote stories that opposed the ideas of Transcendentalism. Since he had ancestors of Puritan belief, Hawthorne wrote many stories about Puritan New England. His most famous story is the Scarlet Letter. This novel tells of the punishment of a woman, Hester Prynne, who committed adultery and gave birth to Pearl. A minister of Boston, Arthur Dimmesdale, had an affair with Hester while believing that her husband, Roger Chillingworth, had died. However, Chillingworth did not die and appears during the early stages of Hester 's punishment. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the character of Pearl in the Scarlet Letter. Her…show more content…
Later, Hester receives word that the magistrates want to take Pearl away from her. Hester takes Pearl to the governor 's house where the child meets her father, Arthur Dimmesdale. After Dimmesdale persuades the governors to allow Hester to keep Pearl, he gives the child a kiss on the forehead. This kiss hints that Dimmesdale is Pearl 's father. When Hester and Pearl return from Governor Winthrop 's death bed, they join Dimmesdale standing on the town 's scaffold. Pearl asks Dimmesdale "Wilt thou stand here with mother and me, to-morrow noontide?" (Hawthorne 131) twice. Realizing that Arthur is her father, Pearl wants him to confess his sin so that the three of them can live peacefully. Next, Hester takes Pearl for a walk in the woods to meet Dimmesdale. While the two lovers talk and come up with plans to leave for England, Pearl goes off and plays in the woods. After Hester and Dimmesdale finish talking, Pearl returns and finds that her mother has removed the scarlet letter. Pearl, who has grown attached to the "A," throws a temper tantrum until Hester puts the letter back on her dress. Later, Dimmesdale kisses Pearl, who then runs to a brook and washes off the kiss. Pearl does not accept Dimmesdale as her father. At the end of the novel, Hester and Pearl go to England, but Hester returns and dies in Boston. Hawthorne never tells exactly what happened to Pearl. The people of Boston have many different ideas about Pearl 's fate. For example, some
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