Should Hester Be Able To Keep Pearl

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Hester is a bad mother, but she should be able to keep Pearl. Hester should be able to keep Pearl because Pearl is the only thing Hester has in life, Pearl is a blessing and a retribution, and Pearl saved Hester. Therefore, Pearl should not be taken away from her mother.
Pearl is the only thing Hester has in life. “‘She is my happiness!­­she is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here in life.’” Pearl is the only thing that keeps Hester happy since otherwise she is all alone. Without Pearl, Hester would have no reason to live.
Pearl is a blessing and a retribution. “‘It was meant for a blessing; for the one blessing of her life! It was meant, doubtless, as the mother herself hath told us, for a retribution too; a torture, to
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Even thus early had the child saved her from Satan’s snare.” This passage further supports the previous evidence, and it suggests that Pearl will continue to save
Hester throughout the text.
Although some may say that Hester, because she is not very caring, should not be able to keep Pearl, they are mistaken. Because of her crime, Hester is learning many lessons which she can pass on to Pearl. “‘this badge hath taught be,­­it daily teaches me,­­it is teaching me at this moment,­­lessons whereof my child may be the wiser and better…”’ Others who have not sinned may not be able to teach Pearl lessons such as these. Teaching Pearl these lessons for her to be wiser and better is Hester caring for Pearl. If she was not caring, Hester would not bother passing her lessons on to Pearl.
All in all, Hester should be able to keep Pearl because Pearl is the only thing Hester has in life, Pearl is a blessing and a retribution, and Pearl saved Hester. Hester may not be the best mother, but Pearl will be able to learn from her mistakes to be wiser and better. Therefore,
Hester should be able to keep
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