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 she IS ultimately innocent. Furthermore, Pearl causes her mother to confront her sin in order to shift towards a reputable lifestyle. Similarly, Pearl guides Dimmesdale to his inner father figure, his true title. By analyzing Pearl as a symbol to the scarlet setter, Hester, and Dimmesdale, a reader sees that although a child may have entered the world because of a sin, it does not brand her as evil, and, rather, she provides beneficiary assistance to the people around her.
Simply because Hester, the “criminal,” gave birth to Pearl, society immediately perceives Pearl as an imp. One day following Hester’s trial, Hester visits Governor Bellingham to deliver a pair of gloves she made for him and to learn whether or not the authorities will take Pearl from her. The Puritan community already acknowledges Pearl as a devil-child. They strongly associate Pearl to the scarlet letter in, “that it irresistibly and inevitably reminded the beholder of the token which Hester Prynne was doomed to wear upon her bosom. It was the scarlet letter in another form; the scarlet letter endowed with life” (69)! Just like Hester must wear the scarlet letter as a reminder of her sin, so too Pearl represents the scarlet letter because she IS the consequence of Hester’s actions. By symbolizing a living scarlet letter, society cannot see Pearl in the innocent self that she IS; instead, they only see ‘wrong’ branded on her forehead instead of ‘innocent.’ Yet, Hester does not see Pearl with the same eyes as society. 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...

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