Pearl In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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No matter the decade or century, pearls have always had a great value to men and women all over the world. They are rare, beautiful and costly; but, to Hester Prynne- the protagonist to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter- no pearl came with such a price as Hester's only daughter. Born in a prison and shamed on the scaffold from that day on, from the opening of the novel with Pearl held tightly in her mother's arms to the gentle kiss given to her guiltful father Dimmesdale on his death bed; Pearl is an exemplary illistration of symbolism. She is the constant and most noticable reminder of Hester's sin and pain but, can also be interpreted as the single object that holds Hester together, passion. Initially Pearl is the symbol of sin overall in the novel;…show more content…
" Hester clings to her possession of it as both her torture and her happiness, her blessing and retribution, the only thing that has kept her soul alive in its hours of desperation." (Matthiessen 282). In the bible, being an adulterer is a sin and obviously that would lead to a penalty, usually death and other than Dimesdale's influence, Pearl not only saves her mother's life, she brings a evolutionary meaning to it. Hestermoved forward for the sake of her daughter. She pulls through her trials to show her life can have a good meaning. The sprite-like child has Hester's passion as well, when she feels strongly about something she will not give in. ".....a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself. All this enmity and passion had Pearl inhereted, by inalieable right, out of Hester's heart." (Hawthorne 66). When the children were throwing things at them, Pearl never coward away in fear much like how her mother never left the colony. Even when Hester took off the letter, Pearls stuborn conception of the A led her to disobey her mother and not come closer it exemplifies her string will to do what she thinks is
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