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
For committing such a sinful act, Hester must wear the scarlet letter while also having to bear stares from those that gossip about her. Nonetheless, it will be hard; Hester is steadfast to make her daughter Pearl, have a life, just like any other ordinary child. Hester is a remarkable, but peculiar character,
“Again, as if her mother’s agonized gesture were meant only to make sport for her, did little Pearl look into her eyes, and smile!” (p 82). Pearl herself being the product of sin, is a constant reminder to her mother that the scarlet letter cannot be neglected. Hawthorne shows this symbolism various times throughout the story. In Chapter two, during the first scaffold scene when Hester tries to hide away her scarlet letter with Pearl, Hawthorne indicates how useless that would be, considering that Pearl is the personification of her sin. “In a moment, however, wisely judging that one token of her shame would but poorly serve to hide another…” (p 45).
In The Scarlet Letter, The scarlet letter at first was a symbol of her sin of adultery, but as time went on it became a symbol of her being able and being like an angel. The scarlet letter to the Puritan people was a symbol of disgrace and dishonor, until they saw the good works Herster was doing. Hester saw the letter as something that she had done, but the letter became part of her. The scarlet letter affected how Hester’s raised Pearl and who Pearl is as a person. The scarlet letter caused many changes in the lives of the people who saw it and to Hester, the one that wore it.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Pearl Prynne is the most symbolic character. Throughout the novel, she is portrayed as the main symbol of adultery. Pearl’s name comes from Hester’s constant reminder of her sin and “as being of great price,-purchased with all she had,-her mother’s only treasure!” (Hawthorne). Hester was seen as an outcast by her community. The letter “A” she wore symbolized adultery and having Pearl makes her sin more obvious.
Symbols: The Letter A The scarlet letter is a red letter A that Hester is forced to wear as punishment for her crime of adultery. It is of deep scarlet color, so it is very striking and alluring. It represents the sin she has committed, adultery. Hester wears this letter of shame throughout the whole beginning of the novel. When Hester and Pearl went to the Governor's Hall, “Hester looked by way of humouring the child; and she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance.
In Book IV of The Aeneid it stated that, “She prayed for death being heartsick at the mere sight of heaven” (Virgil 598-600). This statement in the text shows how deeply invested Dido is to Aeneas. So “in love” that she could not bare to live without him, contemplating suicide. This contemplation is soon turned into action as she, “Crumpled over the steel blade,and the blade aflush with red blood,drenched her hands”. Dido’s addiction blinds her from reasoning with her
Every single symbol in the novel have meaning, and gives the reader extra information to interpret the book. The book “The scarlet Letter” has unique conflicts along with dramatic irony, and diverse symbols, but without the symbols the book wouldn't have the engaging story behind everything. Hester the novels main character shows a way to wear the scarlet letter “A” off the way she wants it to be worn. And though the book does end in a fairly happy ending, with all of the evil and sin in the novel there are some blissful
It catalyzes themes such as her inability to deal with reality and aids in the development of her character. It becomes apparent that wherever Blanche goes she is out of place. She never feels at home and is always trying to escape. Blanche is constantly trying to escape reality causes her to fall further and further into her own fantasies as the novel progresses. She does not like leaving the apartment and bathes frequently as a way to escape the outside world.
The Devil in Her Eyes: Oppression, Allowable Femininity, and Good Versus Evil in Beowulf Beowulf, the lauded Anglo-Saxon epic poem of unknown authorship, contains deeply embedded themes of Good versus Evil, especially between the female characters. Queen Wealtheow and Grendel’s Mother have detailed descriptions based on their contrasting physical appearances, allowing the author to subject them to reduction to body. Both characters, while vastly different in actions and motivators, are strong, passionate women who attempt to protect their progeny at all cost. However, both fall victim to instrumentality as the author assigns honor to Queen Wealtheow’s actions, and forces Grendel’s Mother into a base and despicable role. Queen Wealtheow is a shining example of acceptable femininity as defined by the patriarchy, yet even she is not immune to being silenced by the author for his own purposes.
The only person to constantly antagonize Hester is Pearl. 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.