Pearl The Character Of Discernment, Truth And Honesty

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The character Pearl in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is the most ambiguous character in the novel. Pearl plays an important role as the daughter of Hester Prynne, who commits the sin of adultery. During this time of Puritan law, Hester was punished by having to wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest to remind the world of her sin which was committing adultery. Even the Bible states that sin is wrong, “For the wages of sin is death:” (The Bible). Pearl was born and considered an outcast because of the sinful deed of her mother. Pearl is the living evidence of Hester’s adultery with an unknown man. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character Pearl is portrayed as a more perceptive character, ...view middle of the document...

“She shows the world the result of her sin in the form of little Pearl.” (Moral) Hester brings her treasure into this world even though she is doing it along. Hester could have had resentment of Pearl because without her then there would have been no proof of the adultery. Hawthorne stated, “But she named the infant ‘Pearl,’ as being of great price, purchased with all she had,-her mother’s only treasure!” (The Scarlet Letter, 499). Hester named her baby Pearl because her infant was her priceless treasure and all she had in this world. Hester moved on with her life because of Pearl. Having Pearl gave Hester the strength to overcome the shame, guilt and loneliness.
The character Pearl is much different from all the other characters in part because of her honesty and truthfulness. Pearl makes the letter “A” and puts it over her heart where her mother wears her scarlet letter. Hester asked her if she knew why she wore the letter A and what it means. “Pearl told her that she did and that it was the same reason the minister put his hands over his heart”. (The Scarlet Letter, 548) Pearl from the very beginning knew the scarlet letter “A” her mother wore mint something and she was very observant to notice that the mister held his own heart in the same manner. In the novel when Pearl was ask who she is, she stated that she is her mother’s child. Pearl is being truthful telling that her mother is all she has known to take care of her. Pearl isn’t ashamed of her mother and all she desires is the truth from her mother concerning the...


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