Pearls in Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

1273 Words Feb 1st, 2018 5 Pages
Beauty that arose out of pain." An excerpt taken out of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games book, "Catching fire", Suzanne explains that there can be beauty found in all the pain of the world. With this excerpt, Suzanne uses the "pearl" to help her audience visualize and paint a picture of the beauty inside this pearl and the power that it has on "our weighty existence". By doing this, the audience gets a clear message of what Suzanne Collins is trying to convey in this quote. In a similar sense, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a "Pearl" as a symbol in his story, "The Scarlet Letter." The daughter of a woman, Hester Prynne, convicted of adultery, Pearl is a symbol of many aspects throughout the book. In fact, this story seems to surround the life and "happenings" of this young child. In "The Scarlet Letter," Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts Pearl as a symbol of Hester Prynne's sin, the town's irony, and the directing force of the plot. Within this wondrous story of a mother's sin and a daughter's entrance into a world of judgement, readers get a clear sense of what the town sees of Pearl. In this town of Salem Massachusetts, the town despises Hester and the "monster" she created because of the strict enforcement of their own Puritan beliefs. In the beginning of the story, the towns people gossip as they join together in waiting for Hester's arrival outside the prison doors. They make remarks: “This woman has brought shame upon us…