Scarlet Letter Pearl Sinned

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Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne, is a representative of the consequence of sin in this story, her mother being the sinner. She was brought into the world by sin and therefore the sinner should be forced to pay the price of caring for the child, awful mother as she may be. Hester is a terrible mother. Her own mother died when she was very young, so she’s not entirely sure how to be one to her own child. In the fourth chapter, when her daughter “writhed in convulsions of pain”, she refuses to accept the medicine that will help her. Instead the child has to be taken by the doctor and given the medicine from his hand. Later on, in the sixth chapter, the narrator goes on and on about how Hester is not exactly a big fan of this child. It states that: “Hester had never felt a moment’s safety, not a moment’s calm enjoyment of her.” She constantly refers to Pearl as a freak, an imp, or a demon…show more content…
Despite the fact that she clearly does not know what she is doing, Hester should still keep her child. She sinned, yes, and by bearing the consequences of her sin she must be punished. Pearl is the literal consequence of her sin, the child she had with a man who was not her husband. Hester should be forced to care for her child because she was the one who brought her. Pearl’s existence itself is sin; she was a “sin­born infant”. If Hester truly was not able to deal with what would come next, she should not have sinned in the first place. However, if Hester is such a bad mother, who can’t someone else care for her daughter? The answer is simple; Pearl is thriving and in no immediate danger because of her mother. Staying with her mother hasn’t been harmful to her since chapter four. Not only that, but Pearl enjoys being with her mother, she loves her. In chapter six it says that Pearl would “sob out her love for
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