The Scarlett Letter: Pearl Analysis

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Often times, children remind their parents of the mistakes they previously made. However, if the adults gain enough courage and learn to stand up to their wrongdoings, their children will help them see and reach their upmost greatness. Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates the life of Pearl, a young girl, in his novel, The Scarlet Letter. Initially, Hester Prynne, Pearl’s mother, marries Roger Chillingworth; however, she soon meets the Puritan Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl results 9 months later. The Puritan society forces Hester to wear a scarlet and gold colored “A” on her chest as a reminder of her crime - adultery. In society’s eyes, Pearl serves as a reminder of Hester’s sin, establishing Pearl as a living scarlet letter, although…show more content…
Pearl provides comfort and love to her mother and others around her; more so, she helps them through tough times or gives them a few words of wisdom. Therefore, even though Pearl resulted from a sin, according to the Puritans, that does not prevent her from granting happiness to the ones she loves by persuading Hester to rid of her sorrows and steering Dimmesdale towards his fatherly title. Expanding on Pearl as a symbol of the scarlet letter, Pearl assists her mother to face her sin and its consequences. Hester and Pearl travel into the forest, a private setting, for Hester to meet up and talk with Dimmesdale. When Hester notices him coming through the forest, she commands Pearl to run off and play in the woods. After revealing to Dimmesdale that she married Chillingworth before their affair and deciding with Dimmesdale to move as a family to Europe, Hester feels a sense of happiness and removes the scarlet letter from her chest. Hester calls for Pearl to return but, “Seen in the brook, once more, was the shadowy wrath of Pearl’s image, crowned and girdled with flowers, but stamping its foot, wildly gesticulating, and, in the midst of it all, still pointing its small forefinger at Hester’s bosom” (134)! Pearl points her finger at her mother’s chest, noticing the missing scarlet letter; Pearl does not recognize
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