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The Scarlet Letter Pearl

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A pearl, even though it has piercing beauty, is created by a less beautiful process. Pearls form as an oyster reacts to a parasitic invasion inside the creature by coating it with a fluid to neutralize any threat. New layers of this fluid are constantly covering the old ones until a beautiful Pearl is created. The creation of the pearl relates Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Pearl, in the novel The Scarlet Letter. Pearl, being created as a product, exemplifies this message as she still goes on to be successful and happy. Although she was made from sin and looked down upon, she still wants to continue her life normally, and in the end succeeds valiantly. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl, although a complicated character,…show more content…
Hester’s daughter would always ask her questions. Pearl continually asks Hester about the existence of the scarlet letter. One example of this is in the chapter “Hester and Pearl”. As Hester looked at her daughter, listening attentively, Pearl said to her, “What does the letter mean, mother? -and why dost thou wear it? -and why does the minister keep his hand over his heart? (124). This series of questions demonstrates how curious little Pearl is to figure out what her her mother’s mark represents. She has been told by her mother to leave the subject alone multiple times, yet she still is curious on what it means and if it has any relevance to the fact that Reverend Dimmesdale puts his hand over his heart. Later on in the novel, the mother and daughter were talking about the scarlet letter when Pearl asked, “Will not it come of its own accord, when I am a woman grown?” (126). This question troubled her mother, and, in response, Hester told the child to run off into the woods. Pearl’s interrogative remark shows how no matter what the topic, she chooses to question it. Pearl sees that her mother is the only one in this town that wears a bright red letter on her bosom, and she wonders if, later on in her life, she will receive one just for being born into that situation. Pearl’s curiosity shows how she is pure and Hester does not want to taint her
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