What Does The Pearl Symbolize In The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter unifying the letter “A” as a symbol Hester Prynne wears the scarlet letter “A” to signify that she has committed the sin adultery. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the scarlet letter is unifying symbol that ties characters and events together. First, Hester and Dimmesdale both have a scarlet letter. Second, Pearl is a symbol of the scarlet letter. Lastly, the scarlet letter defines who Hester is as a person and her existence. As shown above, the scarlet letter is a unifying symbol that represents not only punishment, but something that Hester began to please. To begin, Hester and Dimmesdale both have a scarlet letter. Hester wears the scarlet letter given from the magistrates for punishment. Similarly, according to Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Most of the spectators testified to having seen, on the breast of the unhappy minister, a scarlet letter- the very semblance of the worn by Hester Prynne” (Hawthorne 243). This quote proves that Hester’s letter is public and Dimmesdale’s is private, but they are both red marks that are unified as pendance. In closing, Hester and Dimmesdale both have a scarlet letter.…show more content…
Pearl symbolizes sin and the tie that unites Hester and Dimmesdale. In The Scarlet Letter Pearl is described, She had been offered to the world, these past seven years, as the living hieroglyphic, in which was revealed the secret they so darkly sought to hide-all written in this symbol-all plainly manifest-had there been a prophet or magician skilled to read the character of flame! And Pearl was the oneness of their being (Hawthorne
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