It is quite obvious in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Scarlet Letter that Pearl, Hester Prynne 's daughter, plays a major role. Not only is she one of the main characters, but she is prevalent theme in the novel, as well. Pearl is not written like a regular character. Most of the other symbols in the story, such as the scarlet letter or the rose bush, lead back to Pearl. Pearl takes on many symbols and serves great purpose. In The Scarlet Letter is merely a symbol in the story, her function is to remind Hester of her sin which affects her role in the story to become more antagonistic to Hester. Pearl is a character, yes, but in the novel, she is mostly a symbol. The way Hawthorne writes her, she is not like a regular person, and she 's not …show more content…
The fact that Pearl is a symbol with the one soul purpose of reminding her mother of her biggest mistake, Pearl can be seen as an antagonist to Hester. Although Pearl is the only character in the novel who is truly innocent, she is quite an annoyance to her mother. Pearl is a sort of antagonist-protagonist. Not exactly an anti-hero, but close enough. Her mother fears her at some points. As stated in chapter six, "Her [Hester] only real comfort was when the child lay in the placidity of sleep. Then she was sure of her, and tasted hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness; until—perhaps with that perverse expression glimmering from beneath her opening lids—little Pearl awoke!" (Hawthorne X) Pearl is Hester 's greatest treasure, but she cost Hester everything. Because of Pearl, Hester has no chance at a happy life, but Pearl brings her happiness. Pearl is almost like a paradox. This role of her being an antagonistic protagonist creates a paradox within the already complex and unusual child. The symbol of Pearl plays an important part in the novel The Scarlet Letter. She is a reminder of her mother 's sin and antagonist toward Hester, as well. She is the root of many other symbols in the book. She is both a main character and a major symbol. One of could even argue that Pearl is the main character, and not Hester, due to how important she is to plot. Pearl is the biggest symbol in the novel, being that she truly is the
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.
Pearl, Hester’s baby is a symbol. Pearl is a living representation of her mother’s scarlet letter. In many eyes, Pearl is seen as a punishment, but to Hester she is a blessing. Hester is very depressed and if Pearl wasn’t there, Hester probably would not be alive. Pearl is what keeps her going.
On top of that pearl is just another form of Hester’s scarlet letter which reminds her of what she has done. In conclusion, Hester’s daughter pearl should not be taken from her. Pearl is Hester’s tiny Sliver of happiness left. Without pearl Hester, could care less about her life she would have Nothing to live for. She even considered joining the witches and giving her soul to Satan.
In the story, The Scarlet Letter, Pearl is a symbolism for numerous different contents. Pearl was a child of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. In the story, Pearl was known to be a mistake, but also a blessing to her mother. Pearl is a young but odd. In the story, Pearl made her own letter out of eelgrass.
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!
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.
The Scarlet letter is the perfect example of the American Romantic Era, celebrating the beauty and the power of the natural world. Hester and Reverend Dimmesdale’s daughter who was born because of their affair is the Romantic Ideal of a capacity for wonder and consequently a reverence for the freshness and innocence of childhood vision. Pearl was looked at as somewhat of an outcast, mainly because everyone was a Puritan and anyone that knows understands that Puritans are people that are very Orthodoxic with very censored moral beliefs especially about pleasure and sex, therefore the fact that Pearl was not only born out of wedlock, but her mother’s known husband was not her biological father, all those factors did not sit very well with the locals. Pearl was a symbol of her mother’s shameful act, the narrator at some point refers to Pearl as “The scarlet letter endowed with life” because just like the letter A pinned on Hester’s chest “Pearl was the public consequence of Hester’s very private sin”. Dimmesdale
Hester sees Pearl as a breathing version of her scarlet letter. Although she is a reminder of Hester’s sin, Pearl is also a blessing. She represents the spirit of the sin that Hester committed. Her existence strengthens her mother to help her continue each day without giving up. Her name was specifically chosen to represent how she is her others only treasure.
Though Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter two hundred years after the Puritan era, an insight into their community is still seen. Though some characters embody the Puritan era, others are the opposite. Pearl’s strong bond with nature connects her to Romanticism and individualistic spirit disconnects her from Puritanism, and Hester, like her daughter, does not reflect the Puritan era through her indulgence in clothing and emotional characteristics. Pearl’s bond with nature connects her to Romanticism. Pearl’s connection with nature is demonstrated when she is described to be as wild as a bird (Hawthorne 139).
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.
Pearl of Great Price Pearl, a precious and valuable object that ironically starts off from an object of no value; a parasite or simply a grain of sand that invades the oyster. The allusion to The Pearl of Great Price in The Scarlet Letter means that Pearl is of high value, Hester is seeking a holy life, and due to Pearl, Hester can achieve that. From the commencement of The Scarlet Letter, readers are aware that Hester has a child, but no one knew she would become so influential to Hester and her life. Pearl was the one that saved Hester. By simply existing Pearl was the enticement of sympathy from the spiteful Magistrates.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter followed the lives of Hester Prynne and Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Their daughter Pearl represented the guilt and gifts brought upon them during their time together in Boston. Hester and Dimmesdale’s sinful actions resulted in the birth of Pearl. In the beginning of the story, the Bostonians condemned Hester for committing adultery.
For example, “A wolf … came up and smelt Pearl’s robe, and offered his savage head to be patted by her hand” (140). Finally, the similarities between Pearl and the forest show that nature can be a symbol for Pearl. Hawthorne portrays Pearl an innocent child who symbolizes moral freedom. She is not destined to commit the same sins as her mother. It is Pearl’s pwn choice to choose if she wants to act the same way as Hester, or learn from Hester’s mistakes.
She could become a role model for many. Pearl helps inspire Dimmesdale into coming forth with the truth, and, if she interacts more, could convince Chillingworth to come forth becoming an honest man no longer blinded by shallow revenge. Hester begins learning from Pearl, although her original Puritan upbringing leaves a mark on her character. She never lies about her mistakes or acts above her neighbor, though she slightly conforms to the Puritan society by hiding her beauty to be more accepted by the same people who judge her. “Hester next gathered up the heavy tresses of her hair, and confined them beneath her cap” (166).
In the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck, many symbols were used. The most important symbol was the pearl. The pearl was very important to Kino. It is an opportunity for Kino to make his life better. But slowly throughout the book, the pearl starts to change, and Kino begins to realize the evil within it.