In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter, the author develops little Pearl through symbols of flowers in order to properly portray the development of Pearl’s character, as her interactions with these natural elements constantly reveal Pearl’s unique qualities. The flowers, for instance, are symbols of Pearl’s unexpected entrance into the world and Hawthorne describes her as being a “little creature, whose innocent life [has] sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence, a lovely and immortal flower, out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion” (Hawthorne 50). As Pearl is being compared to a delicate flower that was unexpectedly planted, it only makes sense that Hawthorne chooses to symbolize Pearl as a sign of abruptness.
Hawthorne intentionally chooses the setting for chapters 16-19 to be set in the forest. The forest is Hester’s and Dimmesdale’s secret hideout. In the woods, they are able to shut out society and secretly focus on their love for each other. The forest has elements that gives Hawthorne the ability to include pathetic fallacy into the story and manipulate how he tells the story. After many years, Hester is finally happy, but she only expresses this feeling when she is around the only people who she truly loves and cares about, which is Pearl and Dimmesdale.
Nature’s Pearl The symbol of nature permeates Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and no character embodies this symbol more than Pearl Prynne. Throughout the story, nature cultivates Pearl’s personality as an observant and insightful child, contrary to the Puritan community who deem her a demonic child. Hawthorne utilizes the symbol of nature as a means to personify the wild, impassioned creation of Pearl, as a tool to link Pearl to her mother, and as a representation of Pearl’s happiness outside the bounds of Puritanism.
Chapter 18 of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is titled A Flood Of Sunshine. In this chapter, Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne resolve to leave the Puritan colony together along with Pearl. Sunshine and floods are both elements of nature yet one brings light and sunshine and the other brings destruction and grief. Similarly, Arthur Dimmesdale is caught in a struggle with two parts of his nature that juxtapose each other.
Mortal Kombat: “A” vs “A” There are countless symbols seen throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s infamous novel: The Scarlet Letter. The most prominent symbol being the scarlet “A” brandished on Hester Prynne’s bosom, yet that is not the only “A” to make an appearance in the novel. For instance, in Chapter 15: Hester and Pearl, Hawthorne describes young Pearl creating a mermaid outfit and for the finishing touch she fashions an “A” out of eelgrass on her bosom (Hawthorne 155). Even though Hester and Pearl’s “A” are positioned in the same spot, they have multiple variations in meaning and appearance.
Pearl: A Threat to a Once Pure Community Through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing in The Scarlet Letter, it can be inferred that Pearl represents a threat to the purity of Boston’s religious community. There are several passages within this scandalous narrative that support this theory. Beginning as early as chapter one, an allusion references the unseemly Ann Hutchinson. Ann Hutchinson was a woman of transgression who was banned from her early American colony. By connecting Hutchinson to Hester and Pearl, the reader knows very early on that the mother-daughter duo is a commination to their theological colony.
While reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it is obvious that he uses a lot of symbolism throughout his writing to give the readers a deeper understanding of the Puritans and their views in these times. In this book, the community forces Hester Prynne to wear a scarlet letter on her chest to show her abashment for committing adultery and having a child, Pearl. However, Pearl is actually used as a symbol throughout this book to represent the physical embodiment of Hester’s sin, the repercussions of her breaking the law, and an unworldly being in the usual strict Puritan society. In the beginning of the book, Hawthorne uses Pearl as a way to constantly remind Hester of her sin and as a link between the secret relationship of Hester
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne’s more secular view of exceptionalism defies the religious exceptionalist standards introduced in John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity”. While Winthrop expresses the importance of piety and family in an exceptionalist Puritan society, Hawthorne’s Puritan community in The Scarlet Letter does not emulate these qualities in the way Winthrop intended, demonstrating Hawthorne’s desire to condemn Winthrop’s exceptionalist ideals. Winthrop’s “recipe” for exceptionalism is firmly rooted in the importance of religion and strong family values. Winthrop states that it’s the citizens’ duty to “improve our lives to do more service to the Lord; the comfort and increase of the body of
The Pearl of Great Price A parable in the Bible teaches us of a man who sells all of his belongings in order to purchase a pearl. This pearl is described as of being of great price. In the book, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne we meet Pearl, a product of passion and sin, but is that all she's made up to be or is Pearl's price greater than what is expected. Pearl functions as a symbol throughout the novel.
Established in the later parts of the novel Nathaniel Hawthorne exhibits that Pearl is becoming more of an adult and through her experiences she has procured knowledge becoming a more intelligent character. As Pearl converses with her mother she questions if “[Dimmesdale] [will] go back with us, hand in hand, we three together, into the town” (Hawthorne 316). Pearl manages to comprehend that Hester had an affair with Dimmesdale before others in the colony. Pearl is also able to connect simple observations that she has made over time like that of Dimmesdale grasping his heart to that of the scarlet letter on Hester’s bosom.