The Scarlet Letter written by author Nathaniel Hawthorne is an American novel based on sin and the act of Adultery. This novel is based on the early days of the Massachusetts colony and shows how differently crimes are approached then from now. Hester Prynne commits the unfaithful crime of Adultery and not only does she have to serve for her punishment, but her daughter serves for it as well. Pearl, the symbol of an act of forbidden love and passion has to live with being the reminder of her mother 's misconduct for her entire life. Growing up in a small town with her reputation, it is hard for Pearl to have any kind of normality in her life. Pearl is unlike the other children in many ways, she is an outcast and does not have a friendly relationship …show more content…
Looking at the text in a deeper way, one may come to realize that if Pearl was born in a purer and less sinful manner then she would have the ability to connect with others on a more individual level, and been able to act as her true self. As stated in the novel, “We have spoken of Pearl’s rich and luxuriant beauty; a beauty that shone with deep and vivid tints; a bright complexion, eyes possessing intensity both of depth and glow, and hair already of a deep, glossy brown, and which, in after years would be nearly akin to black.” (Hawthorne 69) This shows factual evidence on how Pearls upbringings have changed her from the young lady she was born to be. Unfortunately, Pearl will always serve as a reminder to her mother of the poor decision that she made with Arthur Dimmesdale. Looking at the situation from a different perspective, it seems that Hester has two scarlet letters to burden her for the rest of her life. The beautifully embroidered one that will forever be placed on the chest of her clothing, and the physical living letter that embodies her daughter Pearl. Even though Pearl Prynne is a secondary character in this novel, she still plays an essential role in the plot. As she is the reasoning for the scarlet letter, without her none of this would’ve happened. She is the visual representation of the sin that her mother committed, and will forever be looked at by the townspeople as a sickening and unworthy person. As Pearl is growing up chapter by chapter it will be a noticeable twist to see how she begins to react to the people who disapprove of her. Pearl still has time in this novel to develop into more or less of the character she is portraying herself to
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Pearl, throughout the book, shows everyone in a new light. Through the eyes of a child, filled with understanding. Wanting to learn more about the people around her, lets us also get to read more of them in depth. Making Pearl essential to the book, from her birth giving the main plot of the story, to her being treated by the millionairess elders of the town, and finally being awaken into the new world, through so many deaths.
She continuously mocks her, doing things that make Hester feel bad and frustrated. Pearl is Hesters silent antagonist and she might even be better at keeping Hester from getting what she wants more than Roger. Pearl has of course caused all these events to take place with her birth, she also causes Hester to wear the A like the village did, and she as stated before mocks her for the entirety of the book. Pearl has caused all of these events to take place with her birth being the catalyst. To quote Hester “To assure herself that the infant and the shame were real” (Hawthorne 56) Pearl is the living proof of the sin committed.
Through all the torturing, she continued to keep her baby’s father a secret. Even though Chillingworth knew before any of the torturing began. Pearl was able to grow up, seen as a precious gift in the world and not just some sinful reminder of Hester and Dimmesdale. She’s going to be able to grow up and be whatever she aspires to be.
She was very energetic and definitely had a devious way about her. The two of us were walking in the woods when she was about 7 years old when we came across Reverend Dimmesdale as he was walking back toward town. He looked to be in such poor health and fragile mind, I took him aside pleaded with him to fight for a chance to return to his former self. A plan was born for us to leave Boston in four days’ time, the day after he was to give an important sermon. We were both so excited about the possibility of a fresh start to our lives that we invited Pearl into our private
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl abandons her once wild, untamed nature for a mature and humane lifestyle, because of her father's public confession. Pearl is originally described as a wild, inhumane child with no regards to the laws of both the town and the Puritan society. Pearl often surprised her mother with her elfish behavior: “It was a look so intelligent...but generally accompanied by a wild flow of spirits, that hester could not help questioning, at such moments, whether Pearl was a human child” (Hawthorne 84). At first Pearl can be seen acting out in direct defiance to the law.
I think that pearl is intriguing because of what I think hawthorne's reasoning for putting her as a main character in the book. My theory is that hawthorne was trying to teach us the value and importance of children and their knowledge. One of the main reasons I think this is because I think that Hawthorne intended for pearl to sort of represent innocence. In the bible when Adam and Eve sin, they are cast out of paradise. After this they cry a lot and
Some of the characters in “The Scarlet Letter” have a little or big impact on the story. The main character in “The Scarlet Letter” is Hester Prynne. She married Roger Chillingworth, while living in England. She then moves to America and has an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale. After the affair she then has a kid named Pearl.
However, the system’s uncompromising and authoritarian nature never thwarts Pearl, the novel’s sole child figure and a perpetual embodiment of her mother’s sin, from staying true to her bold, imaginative personality. Pearl, Hawthorne’s version of a child who defies all societal expectations in an alienating world, is both a testament to youth’s capability to rebel from and transcend oppression and a precursor of early Transcendentalism. Pearl’s behavior and physical appearance are both contrary to the expectations of Puritan doctrine. Born the daughter of Hester Prynne, the ignominious figure of sin in the town, Pearl is innately susceptible to society’s judgement: “The child could not be made amenable to rules. In giving her existence, a great law had been broken, and the result was a being whose elements were perhaps beautiful and brilliant, but all in disorder” ().
Arezu Lotfi Mr. Burd, Block A American Lit 11 November, 2015 Fight or Flight With the inner struggle of guilt, a person can either be redeemed or destroyed. In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne is ridiculed publicly by the Puritan community for adultery. Mr. Dimmesdale, the man Hester cheats with is a young minister in the town, and hides his sin from the community. Together the two have a daughter named Pearl, that Hester raises.
Pearl was born out of Wedlock and Hester chose to name her Pearl because A pearl is a gemstone known for being rare, precious and valuable. Pearl was also tiny and precious just like an actual Pearl. The Bible (the Bible and Puritan beliefs are a common allusions in this book) discusses the "pearl of great price” in It quotes “ In the Scarlet Letter Hester gives up all she has for Pearl. She becomes a menace to society, gets shunned, forced to wear the letter A for adulterer, and loses all respect. Hester ex-husband begins to resent her and she has to hide the identity of Dimmesdale.
She didn’t mind that she did not connect with humans. She knows a joy that other Puritan children did not. She was mischievous and unpredictable because she was isolated and she thought the laws didn’t apply to her. Isolation made Pearl different from
Hawthorne's description of Pearl’s character embodies both the innocent side of a little girl as well as an out of control “witch child” to the extent that both sides are shown to battle for control. The clash of these opposing personas stems from the conflict between natural innocence and a challenging environment. The clash inside Pearl of the innocent little girl and the “witch child” that was brought into a challenging environment is shown through Pearl’s actions, where both personas seem to be battling for control. While she is isolated in her cabin with her mother, Hawthorne describes Pearl playing by herself where “Her one baby-voice served a multitude of imaginary personages, old and young, to talk withal… ...
Pearl states how she doesn 't care about her mother 's sin, and she is proud to be her mother 's child. In conclusion, Hester, Gov. Bellingham has been through enough painful punishments for her crime and needs Pearl for companionship and support. Hester was tormented and publicly humiliated for having Pearl and after going threw all that torment she deserves to keep her daughter Pearl. " But she named the infant "Pearl," as being of great price ,—purchased with all she had,— her mother 's only treasure!" ( Hawthorne, 73).
She embraced her situation and continued living her life. Pearl was seen by the puritans as an “Evil” or “Unholy” child, but the truth is she is actually a symbol of romanticism. The puritans don’t exactly see it this way, but pearl is the act of love. Her appearance is romantic. "