Symbolism Of The Pearl In Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts on the fourth of July. He went to Bowdoin College in 1821 and graduated in 1825. And 3 years later he published his first work in 1828, called Fanshawe. n 1837 as Twice-Told Tales Hawthorne published a book with several short stories. After moving to Salem Nathaniel wrote a The Scarlet Letter in 1950. In the book The Scarlet Letter, a woman living in a 17th-century Puritan town in Boston is convicted of adultery which is a crime punishable by death. She is soon to learn that she is pregnant and that height her punishment she had to wear a scarlet letter “A” for the rest of her life. The woman, being Hester Prynne,…show more content…
So don’t act so high and mighty. Pearl is a complex character with somewhat of an unusual deepness to her, along with her having a fiery passion she has coupled with a graceful nature that both of which her mother is not responsible for and therefore can’t control. Pearl as a character is a basically a symbol of passion, mischief, love, and sin. She lives as almost a reflection of how she was conceived. In the book the narrator states that pearl "lacked reference and adaptation to the world into which she was born." but he also claims that Pearl "was worthy to have been brought forth in Eden; worthy to have been left there, to be the plaything of the angels…”. So what does that mean? Why would the narrator say this about a little girl born from sin, and…show more content…
The reason for this is that she is the character that helps and guides the reader to really know what is happening in the story. There are some hidden meanings in the book and she also helps the reader to pick up these points so that they can really understand what the book is talking about. She aids the reader with her commentaries, her thought process, and her inquisitive questions that she asks throughout the novel We can say that Pearl is an indispensable character to the reader that helps him to understand the themes that are being put forward by the author. One has to notice the way Pearl is different from the other children of her own age. She did not make any friends in the society. In fact, any child that tried to make friend with were met with a moody child that preferred to play alone and only interact with the natural things. Being a lonely kid Pearl opts to communicate with her own reflection and this also helps the reader to know what is happening in the book. For her age, pearl is able to communicate effectively with adults like her parents. She relates to them in a very complicated way that other children her own age cannot do and through this we see he asking her parent's very hard questions. This characteristic helps the author to pass across the themes that he intended to pass when he was writing the novel like sin punishment and
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