The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne composes Pearl as a powerful character even though she is not the main one. Her actions not only represent what she is as a person, but what other characters are and what their actions are. Hawthorne makes Pearl the character that helps readers understand what the other characters are. She fits perfectly into every scene she is mentioned in because of the way her identity and personality is. Pearl grows throughout the book, which in the end, help the readers better understand what the significance of The Scarlet Letter is. Nathaniel Hawthorne makes readers see Pearl as a symbol of what Hester and Arthur Dimmesdale’s actions were. She represented their affection and sentiment for each other. She was the literal outcome of what they were. Even though she was just a child, according to their society, she was full of sins because of what her parents did. An example to show that she was treated horribly was in chapter seven. Pearl is taunted by a group of Puritan children even though she was just on her way to the governor’s mansion. She did nothing wrong, yet she was treated like she was a criminal. However, she did not let the children get off easily. She retaliated by throwing mud at them. While doing this, she also proved how she is not scared to stand up for herself. This can be connected to how Hester’s scarlet letter ‘A’ later resembles the word ‘able’. Near the end of the book, Hester is looked upon by others because of her ability to help them.
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