Flower Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter

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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.
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