Pearl In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter'

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Jacob Asrat 10/12/15 1st Swindle Character Analysis: The Scarlet Letter Rough Draft Nathaniel Hawthorne displays Hester’s biggest sin as what motivates her to live every day. Throughout the novel it seemed like Hester Prynne didn’t have much to live for. Living day by day, night by night, with a scornful scarlet letter “A” embroidered on her chest. But the one thing that seemed to keep her going was her only value in life, her daughter Pearl. Hawthorne seemed to speculate that if Hester didn’t have Pearl she most likely would have been a completely different character. A character full of constant sin and sorrow. Most importantly a character not on the side of God’s, but the Black Man. Pearl, who is described mainly as a symbol than a character in the novel, is what kept Hester from being a crazy witch-like person against God. “Wilt thou go with us tonight? (Mistress Hibbins) … I must tarry at home, and keep watch over my little Pearl. Had they taken her from me, I would willingly have gone with thee into the forest, and signed my name in the Black Man’s book too, and that with mine own blood!” (106-107). Not only does is Pearl’s only value in life, but taking care of her everyday is what…show more content…
The way Hester begs her case so heart warming for Pearl when the governor tries to take her away proves this point. "'Ye shall not take her! I will die first!'" (100). Hester stated this quote when she begs the governor to let her keep Pearl, which shows just how really important Pearl is to Hester’s life. The reason it is so critical for Pearl to be constantly at Hester's side is that she is the manifestation of the scarlet letter, which is necessary to complete Hester's identity. It’s pretty ironic that what keeps her living sane is the product of her biggest sin. Hester realizes this and subconsciously treats Pearl that way. This can be seen when Hester dresses Pearl in red and gold. Symbolizing the scarlet
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