Pearl constantly reminds Hester of her sin but at the same time Pearl also brings Hester joy which shows Hester’s new thinking of how no one can be purely evil. The society looks upon Pearl’s intuitivenes... ... middle of paper ... ...illingworth, because she is a product of his wife sin, she is a source of pain but she also brings him happiness because she is a burden to his wife too. Through Pearl’s character, Hawthorne brings the question of good versus evil out. One cannot be there without the other so society, which is destined to sin due to the original sin, cannot be the real judge of good or evil. Pearl was a burden to Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, and Hester but she was only a burden because she was leading them all towards good.
The manifestations of truth and innocence in the character, Pearl, help support the overall effect of her being a mysterious creature that Nathaniel Hawthorne produced in The Scarlet Letter. This paradox of one person representing both innocence and also truth, which is the loss of innocence, gives Pearl special qualities and allows her to play a significant role. She is introduced in the beginning of the novel as the result of her mother, Hester’s adulterous relations. She will continue to be the only, living testament to this painful, but real sin. As the story progresses, her high intellect and curiosity tend to make Hester worry about her finding out the reason why they are obviously being treated differently from everyone else in town.
Hawthorne gives the audience a chance to consider their own opinion on what Pearl really stands for. His ambiguity shows the true complexity to Pearl and each of her symbolic meanings. This is clear in all of the symbolic meanings Pearl had. In the novel, Pearl is an excellent example of childish innocence and treasure, evil and sin, and morality. Her will power and imagination make her a blessing and a curse to her mother, who has paid such a great price for her child.
She takes a very strong liking to him. This makes it much harder on dimmesdale to work through the guilt seeing what a beautiful thing came from his terrible secret. Pearl serves as a blessing to and a curse to Hester. Hester Prynne loves her daughter dearly but she is a constant reminder of the mistakes she has made. Pearl lived a different life than any of the other puritan children.
See ye not, she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved, and so endowed with a millionfold the Power of retribution of my sin?" (Hawthorne 100). Hawthorne shows that Pearl represents the scarlet letter not only symbolically but literally as well. Hester says that Pearl is the living scarlet letter, and causes Hester more anguish than the scarlet letter itself. Pearl is only difficult when she sees her mother trying to flee her sins the wrong way.
The baby is Pearl and the name is given to her because she is worth so much to Prynne as in “her mother’s only treasure!” The beginning of the story sets the stage for what Prynne and Pearl will go through, it also sets up the state of a puritan utopia. The scarlet letter is given to Hester as a symbol of shame, yet Hester wears it with pride. The town frowned upon her due to her flashy manner of wearing the letter, but in reality, Hester wasn’t proud; the letter had become a part of her identity. She had accepted her sin as she accepts Pearl; she accepts her current state of mind. Pearl for the most part is r... ... middle of paper ... ...ritan doctrine holds them back to fully forgiving her.
Pearl is Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s daughter, but she is much more than that. She represents her parents’ sin, and the puritan community sees her as the devil’s work. She is a constant reminder that Hester committed adultery. In chapter eight, Hester tells the pious committee what Pearl means to her. “She is my happiness!
Scarlet Letter - Pearl as a symbol Pearl is a symbol of Hester’s transgressions and even has similar qualities as the sin which she represents. Pearl’s life and behavior directly reflects the unacceptable and abnormal nature of Hester’s adulterous sin. Hester is plagued with more than just a letter “A”; she is given a child from her affair who is just as much a reminder of her sin as the scarlet letter. Ultimately Hester overcomes the shame associated the scarlet letter and creates a sense of family for herself and Pearl. This relationship is integral to the theme of this novel and the development of its characters.
Therefore, Hester’s lone solace is in the love for her daughter Pearl. Pearl serves as a companion in Hester’s struggle to get by amidst the hatred she receives from her community. Hester finds comfort in Pearl’s existence, providing her with a reason to believe her sin is not as terrible as her community would like her to believe. The joy of being a mother gives an entirely new meaning and direction to Hester’s life that she would not have otherwise, and she is mindful of that. The reverend Dimmesdale is the other character that finds a huge benefit from Hester’s decision to transgress against the norm.
Arthur Dimmesdale, the young minister and Hester’s true love, the scarlet letter, always fashionably embroidered in Hester’s garments, and Pearl, her precious, priceless treasure (her daughter) all empower Hester and contribute to forging her strength. They help Hester evolve into a fearless, independent woman and teach her how to proudly carry herself until her final days. Surrounded by hatred and pressure to reveal the identity of Pearl’s father, Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester stays true to her beliefs, and the public's condemnation only persuades her to conceal Dimmesdale even more. As she is interrogated on the scaffol... ... middle of paper ... ...evealed Hester’s true and actual character: “But in the lapse of the toilsome, thoughtful, and self-devoted years that made up Hester’s life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too” (218). Finally, Pearl, the innocent little soul that gave all her love to Hester, had a tremendous impact on Hester Prynne.